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Sunday, March 25th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  twency | 

    Frustro looks fun, but where’s the interrobang‽

  2. #2 |  crzyb0b | 

    Ron Paul burnishes his reputation as the biggest hypocrite in the senate (you know the guy who inserts earmarks into spending bills that he know will pass and then rails against earmarks) by enriching his family with the big government money he claims to oppose.

    Government isn’t too big for him, just too big for you.

  3. #3 |  Stephen | 

    Senator Ron Paul? When did this happen?

  4. #4 |  Radley Balko | 

    Yeah, I’m also really not all that concerned about using campaign funds to pay/reimburse members of your family who worked or spent money working for your campaign.

    That’s quite a bit different than, say, sending earmark contracts to companies in exchange for them giving jobs to your relatives.

  5. #5 |  William Kern | 

    I’ll settle for a war-ending hypocrite over any warmonger any day.

  6. #6 |  John Thacker | 

    I’m pretty sure that cop wouldn’t have been suspended if the lady hadn’t gone to FOX45 in Baltimore and they hadn’t done that segment.

    Good on the local FOX station for doing their job, and showing that local news doesn’t have to be all silly scare stories.

  7. #7 |  DavidST | 

    Only “more than half”?

  8. #8 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Mr. Kern; The war will continue no matter what idiot we put in the White House. The war will be fought somewhere regardless of how many troops we withdraw from wherever. The problem is not with two Presidents who have said we are at war, but with the Presidents who said that we were NOT at war for (minimally) the 20 years previous to 9/11. The issue, therefore, is not to keep warmongers out of the White House, but to try to pick a warmonger who actually knows what the hell he is doing. So far we haven’t been doing too well on that.

    Yes, Islam has had periods of Enlightenment and peace. The problem being that the international policies of diplomacy that operated from the end of WWII to (say) 1989 undermined evolving, peaceful Islamic (or part Islamic) countries like Iran and Lebanon while it rewarded bearded violence freaks for spouting ‘revolutionary’ balderdash. With the consequence that the world is now filled with young brown men running about with AK47s, living the projected revolutionary fantasies of a small group of elitist white intellectual twits.

    What truly scares me is that, Lefty Rhetoric aside, American has not “Lashed out in rage”. But someday soon we will, and it won’t be good for anybody.

    I’m 50. I won’t have to pay the piper for the excesses committed when we lose our tempers. I’m conservative. I won’t be among the Radical Chic idiots thrown in prison for “giving aid and comfort to the enemy”. I hope that I have the strength and the courage to speak out against it when it happens.

  9. #9 |  picachu | 

    WTF? Am I in bizarro world? You mean the cops in Baltimore are actually going to abide by the law and not take people’s cameras away from them? Since when do cops observe the law?

  10. #10 |  winston smith | 

    what #5 had to say………..

  11. #11 |  Ted S. | 

    But don’t worry! It’s only all the people on the side you oppose.

    Er, I oppose all of them.

  12. #12 |  contrarian | 

    This just in: Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks charged with DUI after blowing 0.000 on the breathalyzer. Three zeros. Twice.

    I’m sure the prosecution will have an expert to testify that the breathalyzer can’t be trusted. Should be fun times for the defense.

  13. #13 |  The Crip Bandit | 


    “Deputies said Jenks said he was “all over the roadway” because he had taken too many muscle relaxers.
    Deputies said Jenks had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.
    When asked to take a sobriety test, he said “I’m going to fail it,” according the report.”

    Why you don’t talk to the cops.

    If he was given a blood test and it detected enough of some med to make him intoxicated then this was a good arrest.

  14. #14 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Sadly the Tacocopter is a hoax:,2817,2402069,00.asp

    Thanks for ruining my weekend by getting me all excited only to have my hopes dashed, Radley!

  15. #15 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The main problem that I see with “college sports” is that they take the place of farm teams for Football and Basketball. Why should the NFL and the NBA be allowed to piggyback on the colleges, instead of doing what the Majors in Baseball do?

    but I’m not a follower of sports news, so I may be missing a huge number of details.

    Anybody want to set me straight?

  16. #16 |  Mendelism | 


    Well as usual it’s all about the money. The pro leagues benefit from having the universities run their farm leagues for them, and this way the pro teams are protected from some risk (i.e. they get to observe the college players play for a couple of years and therefore have more information to go on before deciding who to give a multi-million dollar contract to). And of course the universities, at least the “power” programs, profit from those sports programs. The only casualty is integrity of the academics, but obviously that isn’t worth very much ;)

  17. #17 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    @#16 (Mendelism)

    That’s what I thought. What I don’t get is why it is tolerated. It is obviously a system that works to the detriment of the players. Yet, if there is any concerted effort to make the bigs in Basketball and Football pay for their own goddamned farm system, and take some responsibility, I haven’t heard of it.

    But then, I’m a crank. I think that the only Pro Sports team (at least that I know of) with a reasonable ownership arrangement is the Green Bay Packers.

  18. #18 |  John Thacker | 


    And the NFL specifically bans any other team from using that structure.

  19. #19 |  AlgerHiss | 

    What an absolute piece of human debris Arlen Spector is. And the rest….no better.

    But what with all of this massage stuff? Jesus…..these people are really creepy.

  20. #20 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    #18 John Thacker

    I expect that they could be embarrassed out of that position, but it would take a lot of money and a lot of determination. So far no owner has had the motivation.

  21. #21 |  j00bz | 

    Regarding TacoCopter…

    I knew I recognized the name of its founder from somewhere. Anybody remember back in 2007 the MIT student who got thrown to the ground by an assault team at Logan Airport because she had made a nametag out of LED’s soldered to a breadboard and somebody reported that there was a girl walking around with electronics “strapped to her body”?

    Same girl. It would have been funny if it were real enough that she was still finding her creativity crushed by government whim.

  22. #22 |  Onlooker | 

    @17 C.S.P. “What I don’t get is why it is tolerated.”

    Well that’s easy. As always it’s the money and power. There are too many entrenched interests who make money and get influence, in many ways, for anything to really change in college sports. The status quo is a powerful thing, as usual.

  23. #23 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    #22 Onlooker,

    I get that part. I guess what annoys me is that the forces that are supposed to be interested in minority rights are not on the case. It has all the hallmarks of their favorite kind of circus; poor brown people being exploited by rich white institutions. But there are institutions and institutions, and Universities are the source of an awful lot of White Liberal power. And White Liberal Power is a Good Thing….to the Liberal establishment that the minority rights people are a part of.

  24. #24 |  croaker | 

    @6 Baltimore PD is trying to moot the ACLU lawsuit by saying “look, we changed our ways, there is a new policy.” Crap like this will mean the lawsuit will go forward.

  25. #25 |  BrianB | 

    #2 | crzyb0b:

    I have a feeling you don’t understand the difference between an earmark and pork. Or the fact that the earmarks Paul inserts are allowed by the Constitution whereas the earmarks of other congresspersons are simply political payback for the companies and industries that donate to their campaigns. Basically what Radley said but since you haven’t come back to acknowledge his retort I suspect my comment here is little more than intellectual masturbation.

  26. #26 |  Ken | 

    More than half the members of Congress use their positions to enrich themselves.

    This is what is expected. In fact the structure of government was designed to absorb the avarice of politicians, by separating powers and setting the branches as checks on each other. But mostly by limiting the power of the government, which many people today think is laughable. Often, I hear “Of course, the federal government should run the Social Security program. Of course, the government should run Medicare and Medicaid. Of course, the government should run these programs despite the constitution not giving it that authority and the tenth amendment explicitly limiting government power to that enumerated in the constitution.” These same people are shocked, SHOCKED, that the government then uses these powers to do something they don’t like.

    The greed of men is to be expected in politicians. Giving up liberty and power to politicians you trust is just stupid, since the politician you trust will likely be replaced by someone you don’t.

    All you republicans who gladly handed over power to Bush, are you glad that Obama now has that power?

    All you democrats who are gladly handing over power to Obama, are you going to be glad that a republican president will have that power?

  27. #27 |  SJE | 

    re NCAA. The “not a state actor” defense reminds me of the exemption from laws that unions and religious institutions demand for themselves: founded on a good idea, pushed to ridiculous limits.

    Joe Nocera deserves a Pulitzer for the work he has been doing on this topic for so long.

    Why do we even NEED an NCAA? Most of the rest of the world has very competitive farm systems without the abuses of the NCAA, without having it linked to education. Some also do it without explicit state support (e.g. most professional sports in Australia, a country with a strong record of sporting success).

  28. #28 |  EBL | 

    Rick Santorum says George Zimmerman was “malicious.” How can Santorum say that? I do not know if Zimmerman was malicious or not. There are not enough facts to know that yet. I know he should be presumed innocent.

  29. #29 |  supergee | 

    If only the man who saved us from Eros were here to save us from that comparable smut you linked to.

  30. #30 |  johnl | 

    The NCAA is fundamentally dishonest and abusive because it’s run by universities, which are fundamentally dishonest and abusive.

  31. #31 |  CyniCAl | 

    •The NCAA is really an awful, tyrannical organization.

    Well, of course it is. It’s a state actor. It is an institution, and the first rule of institutions is that institutions must defend themselves at all costs. It’s that sovereignty thing.

    All State institutions are awful and tyrannical. It is the violence inherent in the system.