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Friday, April 27th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    From the Newark newsstand article: “It’s a bit of a mystery of why they’re refusing to issue him a license,” says Frommer, pointing to a “culture of no” in Newark that often frustrates entrepreneurs.

    I wonder if the newsstand owner just hasn’t been forthcoming with a proper “incentive” (the green kind). Oh, wait, that kind of thing only happens to big corporations in places like Mexico. You know, places where there’s corruption.

  2. #2 |  Mattocracy | 

    CISPA: And now Hope n’ Change President will probably sign it into law. Thank god black George Bush got elected over old white George Bush from Arizona.

  3. #3 |  nigmalg | 

    Re: “Limited government” Republicans strike again.

    Republicans are like the stereotypical 60’s father; confrontational and aggressive parenting. The type to make you smoke the entire box of cigarettes to teach you a lesson.

    Democrats are of course the 60’s mother. The rampant paternalism will be overbearing long into your mid-life, wholeheartedly trying to stick the proverbial pacifier into your mouth.

    Of course the role of government should not be that of a parent. But I’m preaching to the choir here.

  4. #4 |  nigmalg | 

    I shouldn’t have needed to include it, but my generalities of course indicate that neither Republicans nor Democrats are for “limited government” in almost any way.

  5. #5 |  crazybob | 

    Total tarp payments were $432 billion, out of which $60billion, 14%, is expected to be “lost” to investments that won’t be repaid. Not bad considering these assets were so toxic in the first place that they were threatening the entire financial system. Consider too that the $60billion is MUCH LESS than the cost to taxpayers of the S&L debacle – where there was no government intervention until too late.

    In a sober analysis the $60 billion expenditure looks like it was a really good deal for the taxpayer AND the general economy.

  6. #6 |  perlhaqr | 

    SWAT raid for spraypaint.

    Verily, doth the mind boggle.

  7. #7 |  Cyto | 

    The TARP program was ostensibly for the relief of troubled assets, in other words, the bonds created by aggregating home loans. If TARP were truly for that purpose, none of the money would reach homeowners. They don’t have a troubled asset, and they are not shorted anything if the bond defaults.

    From crazybob’s numbers, the 60 billion that is expected to go unpaid would be going to homeowners (meaning that they didn’t meet their obligations to repay the loans and their home didn’t cover the loan, so TARP funds made up at least some of the difference). At least that’s the theory. Not sure if they are providing any extra writedowns on loans because of TARP funds or if they are just pocketing the difference.

  8. #8 |  marco73 | 

    Those cops in Maine have no imagination. If you want a small town police force, then fund it the old fashioned way: set up a speed trap and ticket out of town motorists. Of course when you do get an asset forfeiture, you don’t have to split it with anyone.

  9. #9 |  Cynical in New York | 

    RE: Republicans

    At this point I expect this from them. Heres another article on so called “principled” conservatives.

    RE: Maine Police

    Is it me or has asset forfeiture become a welfare system for cops? Also no where in that article does it say that the criminal has to be actually convicted to get his stuff seized.

    RE: Strange Places

    I like the Gate Tower the best

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    “Limited government” Republicans strike again.

    They did it for the children!


  11. #11 |  Bob | 

    Forfeiture article:

    “There’s a big financial burden to investigating these crimes and we do rely on drug forfeitures,” Liberty said. “When you have a search warrant, you may have 10 deputies, all on overtime and at high risk.”

    Translation: “We need the forfeitures to pay welfare overtime to the 10 cops we claim to need to serve a warrant that we arbitrarily define as ‘High Risk’.”

    The logic is so circular it doesn’t even need a hill, it rolls under it’s own power.

    Here’s a plan! Stop sending 10 guys to do the job of 2. Here’s another plan! Stop harassing people for non-violent shit.

  12. #12 |  croaker | 

    New Jersey is the ass-crack of the USA and Newark is the hemmeroid on that ass-crack.

  13. #13 |  CSD | 

    “Maine laws prohibit agencies from using criminal forfeiture assets to pay for officer salaries, Gottardi said. He added that the laws allow agencies to use these funds to pay for overtime costs tied to drug enforcement patrols.”

    #11 Bob, or they could just have those 10 guys do drug enforcement during their regular shifts. How many police do you need on duty at once in a town of 4100?

  14. #14 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    RE: PG County graffiti raid:

    “It’s ironic, you know,” Hethmon said.

    Well, you could say that, Mr. Hethmon. I for one think it looks like Karma. But go ahead, sir, keep feeding the monster that bit you.

  15. #15 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    New Jersey is the ass-crack of the USA and Newark is the hemmeroid on that ass-crack.

    Obviously, you’ve never been to Camden, NJ.

  16. #16 |  Nick T. | 

    An ass can have multiple hemmeroids

  17. #17 |  Nick T. | 

    #5, #7

    TARP also included a fund which was supposed to go to help the actual homeowners who were in truoble on their mortgages. It was called “Hardest Hit Fun” or something catchy. Of that money, which is about 7 billion, only 3 percent has gone out to help the actual homeowners. Also the commission to investigate fraud is having trouble getting up and running. You guys should look further into this (like click the link) before setting such low expectations (only 60 billion lost forever!!) and being so confused as to how this money would possibly help homeowners (it’s not like it was *set aside for exactly that purpose*!).

    Of course TARP is just a very small portion of all bailout money. How did this work out for the banks though, I wonder? Are they ok? turning much of a profit? Quarterly reports looking healthy? Executives getting well-deserved modest bonuses? The bad ones being investigated and prosecuted? /Stewie Griffin Voice

  18. #18 |  Nick T. | 

    Fun = Fund*

  19. #19 |  Joshua | 

    Since no reasonable person would think the SWAT team is necessary for looking for spray paint cans, can’t we assume that the police’s story is false? And therefore shouldn’t we then assume that everything that the police testify about it is false? So then, can’t we assume that the marijuana was planted?

    My logic applies to a lot of these raids, and I’m not sure why defense lawyers don’t use it.

  20. #20 |  Aresen | 

    @ Joshua

    “Since no reasonable person …”

    That pretty well explains it all.

  21. #21 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Wanna know something funny?:

    At the bottom of the newstand piece, there was an ad for Sheriff Joe’s PAC. Yeah.

  22. #22 |  Bob | 

    Prince George’s County, Maryland deploys a SWAT team for graffiti.

    Well of course! It’s a “high Risk” warrant!

    How long before EVERYTHING police do is routinely labeled “High Risk” and SWAT teams are used for everything?

    Domestic disturbance call? SWAT team!

    Stolen car report? SWAT team!

    Out of donuts? SWAT team!

  23. #23 |  Aresen | 

    Here is a photo of a chipmunk eating corn.

    Need new reading glasses.

    I thought the first letter of the last word was a ‘p’.

  24. #24 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Mr. Kruger,

    I assure you, the principal difference between the swine taking bribes in Newark and the swine taking bribes in Mexico City is that the swine in Mexico don’t have Al Sharpton on their speed-dial.

  25. #25 |  omar | 

    I assure you, the principal difference between the swine taking bribes in Newark and the swine taking bribes in Mexico City is that the swine in Mexico don’t have Al Sharpton on their speed-dial.

    Is that a thing? Citation?

  26. #26 |  Xenocles | 

    “And only 3 percent of the money has actually reached homeowners.”

    That can’t be right. The banks own tons of homes now.

  27. #27 |  JimBob | 

    I have to admit, I love the union’s attitude about the firing– “He’s a good cop!”

    Sanders broke the dude’s back in what amounts to a fit of pique, deliberately moved him and awkwardly restrained him after inflicting a spinal cord injury, and then laughed about how much of an injury he had inflicted. All because the victim wanted to wash pepper spray out of his eyes.

    If Rob Sanders is a good cop, what sort of miserable motherfucker do the Columbia Police Officers Association consider a bad cop?

  28. #28 |  Personanongrata | 

    •Prince George’s County, Maryland deploys a SWAT team for graffiti.

    So much for professionalism in law enforcement and amongst the robed-ones.

    What judge issues a warrant allowing SWAT to search a persons property for spray paint?

    What “professional” supposedly trained in the art of deescalating the potential for violence sends SWAT to search for spray paint?

    Why didn’t the “professional” SWAT operators of Prince George County surveill their target and find that the home for the spray paint raid was owned by a law abiding attorney who lived with his wife and son and thus conclude the need for SWAT warrant service was nil in this instance?

    “It’s ironic, you know,” Hethmon said.

    No, not “ironic”, more like idiotic. Idiotic in the sense all these folks involved in the great spray paint raid had their lives placed in lethal jeopardy by the unprofessional actions of both the police and the judge.

  29. #29 |  Bergman | 

    It just occurred to me: Asset forfeiture is, basically the property in question being charged with drug trafficking. Since property lacks the due process rights that a citizen has, a conviction is much easier to achieve, with a much flimsier standard of evidence, and the property is taken.

    But there is such a thing as a private prosecution action. Instead of a government-employed prosecutor, a private citizen or group of citizens pays for the costs of the trial, files charges, etc.

    What if, instead of suing a police department for a civil rights violation, you filed a private prosecution against the land the police station rests on for the civil rights violation?

    A very amusing though, indeed…

  30. #30 |  Nick | 

    Star-Ledger is hyphenated!

  31. #31 |  JOR | 

    “If Rob Sanders is a good cop, what sort of miserable motherfucker do the Columbia Police Officers Association consider a bad cop?”

    Bad cops? Those are the whisleblowers, the cops who neglect Professional Courtesy (by enforcing the law on other cops), the almost non-existent cops who stand up for basic decency by intervening on behalf of their colleagues’ victims, etc.