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Thursday, April 19th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  V | 

    That father should be commended for not letting his kids into Walmart.

  2. #2 |  Some Other Matt | 

    Maybe it’s just me, but the comments that continuously flood the TSA blogs bring me a small glimmer of…hope?

    At least until the next nut punch.

  3. #3 |  Mattocracy | 

    I am amazed that children have to be supervised at all times these days. We want to end the childhood obesity epidemic, but if kids go ride their bikes around the neighborhood someone shits their pants.

  4. #4 |  Thom | 

    It’s pretty rich that Milwaukee still plans on prosecuting that guy for resisting arrest.

  5. #5 |  Sysiphus | 

    About the piglets story: It’s not quite as dirty as the farmer’s article makes it sound. There is a big fuss here that the DNR is going to eliminate heritage pig breeds from farms. The regulations they are using, however, are for Sus Srofa and not Sus Domesticus, aka for wild boar not domesticated pigs. That means that all the small farmers growing non-standard breed pigs are exempted as well. It does mean they are going after hunting ranches with wild boar; they have gone after two so far that I’ve been able to hear about. And though Baker’s Green Acres published the story, it occurred at and was told by Deer Tracks Ranch. And the DNR’s claim was that they were coming to investigate, and the ranch initiated the kill on their own. The whole thing has a lot of shouting and exaggeration right now, and the actual truth only occasionally hidden in the story.

    As to whether the DNR should be eliminating the wild boar: I would have more of a problem with it if the few hunting ranches that did have escaped hogs were actually paying all the damages that the now (slowly) increasing population of boar are inflicting on other people’s property.

  6. #6 |  brian | 

    People need to recognize that our economic situation is dictating our local police departments’ arrest policies. Any potentially revenue-generating ‘criminal’ is going to be arrested and charged in order to generate revenue for the municipality. The Pittsburgh police chief says ‘I COULD charge him, so I did.’ That’s it.

  7. #7 |  Lenore Skenazy | 

    Thanks so much for linking to the “Dad who lets kids play in the park charged with child endangerment” story from my blog, . I get so many letters from parents harassed for BELIEVING IN THEIR KIDS and considering them competent enough to play outside without running into the street, wait in a car without locking themselves in the trunk, or walk to school without going off to help a predator find a puppy. Somehow the authorities think THEY care more about these kids than the parents do. Gotta fight the institutionalization of helicopter parenting! — Lenore

  8. #8 |  EBL | 

    I guess Pittsburgh is so lawless and unsafe that the cops have to focus on a parent who trusts people will act in a civil manner.

  9. #9 |  Eric | 

    That Free Range Kids blog post freaks me out. I take the kids (7 and 5) grocery shopping with me every Saturday, and as a treat I let them wander the toy aisles at Target while I do the shopping there. It’s usually not more than 30 minutes of them being alone, but the thought has crossed my mind more than once that some “concerned citizen” might call store security or the cops.

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    Happy Birthday, Radley!

  11. #11 |  Pablo | 

    Re: the police videotape–notice how one cop screams “get out of the fucking car!!!!” I thought police were supposed to de escalate situations. I don’t see how screaming and cursing at someone will do anything other than make them more agitated and unpredictable than they already are (esp. if they are drunk or high or mentally ill, e.g. the majority of people the police deal with). Yet is seems to be SOP with police. I worked in mental hospitals for years and two of the first things one is taught in crisis management training are to avoid speaking louder than necessary, and to avoid cursing.

    Re: the TSA blog–many commenters pointed out that all of these items would be detected with pre-9/11 technology so the agency is basically a waste of money. I didn’t see a single positive comment which is a good sign.

  12. #12 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    “What could possibly go wrong?:”

    New York transit workers, if they need to be armed at all, should have weapons with some chance of stopping a New York rat.

  13. #13 |  Irving Washington | 

    OK, I guess I’m glad that the former prosecutor now supports marijuana legalization, but how can he say that he doesn’t regret the prosecution? He abdicated his prosecutorial discretion.

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    C. S. P. Schofield | April 19th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    New York transit workers, if they need to be armed at all, should have weapons with some chance of stopping a New York rat.

    Their BO could stop a subway train.

  15. #15 |  David | 

    Have you seen (or smelled) a New York rat? Their odor could stop…well, a city transit worker.

  16. #16 |  Aresen | 

    Have you seen (or smelled) a New York rat? Their odor could stop…well, a city transit worker.

    I know a lot of people don’t like Bloomberg, but isn’t that getting a little personal?


  17. #17 |  RobSmalls | 

    Happy Birthday, man!

  18. #18 |  Marty | 

    I’m so glad John McKay doesn’t regret putting Emery in jail. I’d hate for his slimey lawyer brain to be burdened with the knowledge that he helped destroy this man, his business, and his family.

    Another ‘Even though I don’t agree with it I was just doing my job’ piece of shit.

  19. #19 |  Brandon | 

    “I didn’t see a single positive comment which is a good sign.”

    After the first 20 or so, they seem to have called in some TSA employees to defend their “Insignificant” share of the plunder. They’re pretty easy to spot, they’re repetitive and they tend to all use the same phrasing and start with something like “as a frequent traveler…” But yeah, it looked to me like there were only a couple of legitimate comments approving of the TSA.

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    As a former hog farmer, I wish I could personally ***** each and every one of those assholes at Michigan DNR. No one more cruel than a state agent just doing his job. And, they’ll put babies in blenders if that’s what their job is…without shedding a tear.

  21. #21 |  EH | 

    That fucking busybody at the park called the cops because it “didn’t make sense” to her that the kids be allowed to play at the park while Dad went to the gym. She hung out for AN HOUR before she did this. I’m pretty sure the charges will be dropped before her name has to be included in public records, though.

  22. #22 |  AlgerHiss | 

    This “stop resisting” scam is such outrageous bullshit: Probably contrived by the “” crowd.

    Anymore, I see a cop, I cringe.

  23. #23 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Three things 1) the cops are thugs 2) the cops are NOT your friends 3) where are all the “good” cops everybody tells me about? There aren’t any,if you see a crime and do not report it or help in covering it up that is aiding and abetting and you are a criminal and if your the cops your twice as guilty.

  24. #24 |  Dan | 

    I don’t care what anyone says, I love godwinning people and causes I don’t like. Where’s the fun if you can’t compare people to nazis?. Its fun for me, and fun for you, as lee ermey says. Anyway, the nazis weren’t all bad were they? They have that nice autobahn, the volkswagon, and really smart rocket scientists.

  25. #25 |  Charlie | 

    Happy birthday Mr Balko

  26. #26 |  Brian | 

    I was hoping the cop would be a fatass with a bad mustache. I was not disappointed.

  27. #27 |  KBCraig | 

    I must quibble with your headline of the day.

    “Forest Service may blow up frozen cows in cabin” definitely wins.

  28. #28 |  Juice |

    “The officer had the dog in the car because he went around and told other neighbors to put their dogs up and came back to tell me to put my dog up,” she said. “The only thing I can say is that I did see the dog in his patrol car.”

    Woods suggests the officer drove off with the dog and shot him minutes later in an alley.

  29. #29 |  Juice |

    According to a copy of the incident report about the dog’s shooting obtained by the Southeast Missourian, it was the mayor who suggested that city employees shoot the dog and dispose of its body. A dispatch log shows that a dispatcher was later ordered to not tell the dog’s owners about the fate of their pet.

    But it appears that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the dog’s death.

  30. #30 |  Bert | 

    The “Stop Resisting” scam reminds of the South Park sketch where Ned & Jimbo can shoot any animal they want as long as they yell “It’s coming right for us” first. Funny in a cartoon, disgusting in real life.

  31. #31 |  Pups | 

    How awesome are the comments on the TSA blog?

  32. #32 |  Bill | 

    Looks like a statistics fail in the article about arming transit workers:

    “The troubling statistics that led Senator Adams to renew his effort? 94 bus drivers and subway workers were physically assaulted in New York City last year, up from 72 in 2010.”

    Reading further…

    “Of all the assaults that prompted a bus operator to take paid leave in 2009, a third of them, 51 in total, “involved a spat upon,” according to statistics the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released on Monday.”

    So it looks like the 94 assaults in 2011 is dramatically down from the 2009 total of 153, which would be three times the number of “spitting only” incidents described above as a third of the total assaults. Put the tasers away, boys!

  33. #33 |  marta | 

    I’m willing to bet that was a middle class white woman in the burbs who called the cops. In my neighborhood — urban, working/middle class, majority black — kids run in packs, wild and free (my 8 year old son included) and the cops would LAUGH if someone called about it.

  34. #34 |  marta | 

    also, happy belated birthday radley!