Morning Links

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
  • Do you think Obama issued this order with a straight face?
  • Surprising: 95% of passengers involved in plane crashes from 1983 to 2000 survived.
  • NYC designates BP gas station a “landmark.”
  • Michigan Supreme Court rules in favor of man who resisted police who were illegally entering his home.
  • Remarkable quote from a federal prosecutor: ““[I]t’s not illegal to watch something on the television. It is illegal, however, to watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.”
  • Miami-Dade’s Homeland security cops were monitoring, warning one another about Carlos Miller. I know if I lived in Miami, I’d sleep more soundly knowing authorities were working hard to protect me from photographers who occasionally take photos of Miami police.
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32 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  M | 

    Unrelated to the above, I miss Injustice Everywhere. David Packman’s email address just bounced my message to him.

  2. #2 |  Scott | 

    I remember watching a show years ago about airplane crashes where they stated that statistically, if you were to board a random flight anywhere in the world once a day, it would be 26,000 years before you would be involved in a crash, and then the odds are that you’d survive said crash.

  3. #3 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “The dissenters were Republican justices Stephen Markman and Robert Young Junior.”

    I wonder if Justices Markman and Young talk the “get gubmint off yer back” talk when they are hanging out at Republican gatherings.

  4. #4 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Hello Major Perez,
    Have you seen this article? It was posted last night at 9:40pm.
    Carlos Miller is on his high horse again. He continues to post negative statements regarding law enforcement. I will continue to monitor for additional information.”

    Wow, this is disturbing stuff. Somewhere J. Edgar Hoover is getting a chubby.

  5. #5 |  pichachu | 

    Helmut O’Hooligan ““Hello Major Perez,
    Have you seen this article? It was posted last night at 9:40pm.
    Carlos Miller is on his high horse again. He continues to post negative statements regarding law enforcement. I will continue to monitor for additional information.””

    Yea but at least we don’t live in some evil communist country where the government watches everything you do and people can be punished for things they say.

  6. #6 |  David | 

    RE: The government (prosecutor) determining what videos Americans can and can’t watch.

    Two weeks ago in Livonia – a solid middle/upper-middle class Detroit suburb – a high school senior started randomly posting quotes from the popular movie starring Christian Bale, ‘American Psycho’, on his Facebook page. We all see this regularly, right? He just tossed up a few random, creepy quotes from the movie.

    Two days later, the high school senior went into the home of his ex-girlfriend and took an axe to her mother, her mother’s boyfriend, and held the ex-girlfriend hostage for half a day before realizing it was just a movie, and he committed suicide.

    It was, obviously, a nightmare and a truly horrific story here in suburban Detroit. (I’m sure we’ll see Dateline NBC specials about it soon.)

    By the government’s rationale, anybody who watches ‘American Psycho’ (or any of the other billion movies which have inspired crimes, such as ‘Heat’, ‘The Matrix’, ‘Natural Born Killers’, etc., etc., etc.) should all be tried and convicted.

    And, of course, the makers of the crime-inspiring movies should also be charged under the same, “It INSPIRES people to commit crimes!” rationale for criminalizing child porn.

  7. #7 |  nigmalg | 

    After Carlos posted an article after his arrest, he included a picture of his arresting officer. This was an email sent from DHS regarding that article:

    “Thanks Maggie. Please have someone take a look at this. There maybe a statute that deals with posting pictures of LE officers.”

    Holy fucking scary.

  8. #8 |  David | 

    Here’s a great link for the next government busybody who wants to ban movies or videos (or arrest people for watching them) because they MIGHT inspire a crime.

    http://brainz.org/15-films-inspired-real-life-crimes/

    Have at it, you useless bureaucrats.

    (Of course, it’s safe to assume that 99.9% of all cops get their phony bravado from watching the endless litany of movies and TV shows showing cops as victims of an America overrun by crime, which is completely bogus when contrasted with the facts.)

  9. #9 |  pichachu | 

    Isn’t there a word to describe a ruler who bypasses the elected representatives of the people and instead just rules through “executive orders?”

  10. #10 |  Jerryskids | 

    “[I]t’s not illegal to watch something on the television. It is illegal, however, to watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.”

    Did he just argue that watching TV is legal only if you aren’t watching anything interesting or educational? Has Bill Moyers been arrested yet for aiding and abetting?

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    I think the TSA is claiming credit for the low plane fatalities.

  12. #12 |  Andrew S. | 

    I have to say I’m very, very glad that I no longer work or live in Miami-Dade County. Not like Broward County is much better, but Miami-Dade County is scary.

  13. #13 |  Michael Chaney | 

    So, if he legally resisted the officers who were *illegally* entering his home, when will they be charged?

  14. #14 |  Mo | 

    I wonder what the definition of plane crash they’re using.

  15. #15 |  Collin | 

    “[I]t’s not illegal to watch something on the television. It is illegal, however, to watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.”

    Cultivate your ideology? So anyone who watches Fox News or MSNBC in order to have their viewpoints reinforced is violating the law?

  16. #16 |  Aresen | 

    From the comments on the link about the Michigan Supreme Court ruling:

    Sorry but I don’t agree with you or Mark Johnson. If you don’t have anything to hide and can actually help law enforcement, why not let them search your house. If you’re harboring a killer or hiding drugs, well, I can see why a person wouldn’t want the cops searching their house.

    *sigh*

    jmw009, I really, really hope you get stopped by a cop who things you don’t respect his “authoritah”. (And wants to drive a car like yours.)

  17. #17 |  Brandon | 

    If interesting and educational are the only qualifiers, I think Moyers will be ok. Matter of fact, he’s probably up for a medal of freedom, or whatever the propaganda department’s equivalent will be.

  18. #18 |  overgoverned | 

    Note to op-ed authors: When quoting shocking and outrageous statements by government employees, don’t just attribute them to, for example, “a prosecutor.” I want to know who prosecuted that case — I want names.

  19. #19 |  edmund dantes | 

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/nj_state_troopers_face_probe_f.html

    So many things wrong with this one.

    Crazy. Love the taped off license plates thing. Even if the escort was legal (dubious), taping off license plates is a huge no-no.

  20. #20 |  JOR | 

    #3, As all good conservatives know, cops (and military personnel in general) aren’t really part of the government.

    And while you’re blanking out, don’t mind that revolving door between the “private” and “public” sectors at the top of the plutocracy.

  21. #21 |  Charlie O | 

    The BP station is kind of a landmark. Ever tried to buy gas in Manhattan? Freaking gas stations are very few and very hard to find.

  22. #22 |  pichachu | 

    Jor “As all good conservatives know, cops (and military personnel in general) aren’t really part of the government.”

    Someone actually told that that recently. They were totally serious too.

  23. #23 |  Aresen | 

    “Do you think Obama issued this order with a straight face?”

    Actually, I’d guess that there is such a disconnect in the mind of ANY senior government officer that the irony of such an order would not even occur to them.

    It’s sort of like the famous incident where an official of the Nixon administration condemned the North Vietnamese for violating the Christmas Truce while standing in front of a copy of Washington Crossing the Delaware.

  24. #24 |  el coronado | 

    Man, things have really gone to hell at Miami-Dade ever since they let Crockett & Tubbs go.

  25. #25 |  Nick | 

    Recommended commentary on the Tarek Mehanna case:

    Tarek Mehanna: Punished for Speaking Truth to PowerI’m not afraid to profess my support for Tarek Mehanna, or to advocate for his ideas, because I know the law does not apply equally to all in America. My whiteness and my status as a veteran will protect me. But Tarek was brown and he never made the mistake of enlisting in the Marine Corps, as I did…

    First They Come for the MuslimsWhat the government did to Tarek Mehanna, and what it has done to hundreds of other innocent Muslims in this country over the last decade, it will eventually do to the rest of us.

    The Real Criminals in the Tarek Mehanna CaseAt some point in the future, I believe history will be quite clear about who the actual criminals are in this case: not Mehanna, but rather the architects of the policies he felt compelled to battle and the entities that have conspired to consign him to a cage for two decades…

    What Tarek Mehanna Might Have Told the JudgeAt his sentencing hearing last week in federal court, Mehanna delivered a scathing condemnation of U.S. foreign policy, a statement that Greenwald incorporates in full in his blog. If Mehanna had instead delivered the following statement at his sentencing hearing, I wonder if the judge might have go…

    All links via ICYMI.

  26. #26 |  George | 

    Did Obama issue the order with a straight face? I’m sure he did — he just reads the words, without thinking about their meanings. It’s just talk for him.

  27. #27 |  Personanongrata | 

    •Do you think Obama issued this order with a straight face?

    The president is a delusionalTYRANT, congress a pliably supine rubber stamp committee and the fractions of human beings sitting on SCOTUS are contortionists practicing the jurisprudence of pretzel-logic.

    Rule of law is so blase’, life is so much sweeter when the tyrants issue decrees as they go along.

  28. #28 |  Dante | 

    RE: Carlos Miller

    How many unsolved violent crimes does Miami-Dade currently have on the books? If the number is “zero”, then there should be less police for cost-cutting reasons (I can think of one particular female major whose services aren’t needed). If the number is above “zero”, then the police should not be wasting time on people who didn’t commit those violent crimes.

    Unless photography is a violent crime. And it’s not.

    The police have become terrorists. Lazy, dishonest, sadistic, self-serving terrorists.

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  29. #29 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @26 – Well, in that case, your door will be kicked in soon and this will be the least of your worries.

  30. #30 |  Bergman | 

    “It is illegal, however, to watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.”

    Does this mean that it’s only legal to watch a televised speech by Obama if you’re a Republican?

  31. #31 |  jmcross | 

    “It is illegal, however, to watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.”

    I guess porn and reruns of “24″ are right out?

  32. #32 |  newsouthzach | 

    [I]t’s not illegal to watch something on the television. It is illegal, however, to watch something in order to cultivate your desire, your ideology.

    When do the mass arrests of Fox News and MSNBC viewers start?

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