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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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25 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    Amazing that the reporter was able to keep talking while fellating those cops.

  2. #2 |  Josh | 

    That letter from Miracle Whip is outstanding. Well done, Miracle Whip.

  3. #3 |  David | 

    Timothy J. Riddiough, I don’t know whether to salute you or laugh my ass off at you.

  4. #4 |  perlhaqr | 

    I know it’s just marketing, but damn if I don’t want to know what Miracle Whip is going to do on November 12th, now.

  5. #5 |  Nick42 | 

    I just saw an article on a police officer who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach:

    There was no investigation, but several supervisors signed off on that his use of force was ok. The same officer has previously killed a dog (when he went to the wrong house), and somehow got into an altercation with a woman coming to the scene of a car accident to assist with her young grandson. All since Sept of last year.

    I am unsurprised that a man who would shoot a dog chained in his owner’s garage would also kick a pregnant woman in the stomach. Somehow we see the link to harming animals and harming people in serial killers, but not police officers.

  6. #6 |  Mattocracy | 

    My fam and I lived in Abu Dhabi back in the early 80’s. The UAE is a pretty amazing place. With 80% of population being expats from various countries it creates a pretty unique culture.

    My dad and I recently checked google maps to see what the old neighborhood looks like now. Not surprising, there is a high rise building there now. This is a place that has no fear of economic progress.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I have to start video-ing breathless reports of citizens doing mundane shit that is illegal. Like clipping someone’s nails for a penny.

  8. #8 |  Delta | 

    For those who don’t know: The Miracle Whip thing is from 2009. Ads they played at the time are here:

  9. #9 |  R. Pointer | 

    Peanut butter & Miracle Whip. Oh yeah!

  10. #10 |  Moe | 

    The apologists are on in full force at the police one blog. It’s pretty sad how they all say the video is up for interpretation, yet no one clues in on the fact that there were “bags spotted”, but none turned in as evidence.

  11. #11 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Some great comments on the “files breathless report” thread over at the Hit’n’Run blogs. None are mine. People are starting to get it. Yippee ki yay.

  12. #12 |  Captain Noble | 

    Alright, Radley, I want you to get to the bottom of this funny business regarding “hid[ing] the sausage” and financial markets.

  13. #13 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Ah, the PCRM; a fine example of name-as-propaganda. Its title conjures the image of…well, physicians promoting responsible medicine. But in actuality, it’s a a fanatical animal-rights group with ties to PETA which relies primarily on scare tactics and gross-out ads in its continuing attempt to impose veganism on everyone, and less than 5% of its members are physicians. Its founder is a psychiatrist with no background in nutrition, and the American Medical Association has repeatedly tried to inform the public that the PCRM is a “fringe organization” which uses “unethical tactics” and is “interested in perverting medical science.”

  14. #14 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Yet again, a lie is exposed, and a defendant walks free, because a video showed that the police lied.”

    Day after day, same old song and dance on the taxpayer dime. I say call up Bill Murray for a COPS-meets-Groundhog Day hybrid sequel, except instead of groundhogs, something to do with swine.

  15. #15 |  perlhaqr | 

    BTW: Link to “breathless report” is broken somehow. I get 404s.

  16. #16 |  nigmalg | 

    Looks like someone renamed the URL to “blah”

  17. #17 |  Lucy Steigerwald | 

    Sorry, my bad! I left the idiotic placeholder slug while blogging, then reverted back to it when I realized the link was out there in the world with “blah” (Except here).

    I am bad at internets.

  18. #18 |  ck | 

    This [UAE] is a place that has no fear of economic progress.

    It’s also a place built on slave labor.

  19. #19 |  Jason | 

    I had high hopes for Johnson, but I think he will be only a spoiler after all, and a minor one at that. I’m judging by his Twitter posts, which are nearly all about the drug war and gay marriage. I’m ambivalent about gay marriage, and vehemently against the drug war, but centering the campaign around these things will get him absolutely nowhere.

  20. #20 |  Brandon | 

    #19 is, unfortunately, correct. Being the only anti-drug-war candidate will get him maybe a million votes, while being pro-gay-marriage will get him nothing because 90% of the gays will vote Obama regardless of what he does. He should be hammering inflation and the economy, almost exclusively, and the destruction that both parties have so enthusiastically wrought in those areas. And he should be asking for Ron Paul’s endorsement the second his speech at the RNC is over.

  21. #21 |  Deoxy | 

    Last week, the ever-earnest Michael Gerson defended the way Obama has used drones, even though they’ve killed hundreds of innocent people.

    Yeah, because it’s SO much better for the missile to be fired from an aircraft with a pilot on board – it makes all those dead innocent bystanders OK.

    Seriously, I don’t get the whole “drone” problem. It’s bad that they were killed, and it’s either an acceptable amount of collateral damage in a combat environment, or it isn’t.

    What kind of vehicle launched the ordinance is irrelevant.

  22. #22 |  Aresen | 


    The issue of the drones is not that they are being used, it is the endless expansion of the Drone War, which now covers most of the Middle East and Pakistan.

    The very nature of drones is that they are very easy to use clandestinely and thus allowing the POTUS to engage in wars in countries with which the US is nominally at peace.

  23. #23 |  Ryan the Sea Lion | 

    Of course ‘Hiding The Sausage’ is obvious to most everyone, but BOTH metaphors have their sexual side. Check out Definition 5 of ‘Hot Potato’ here:

    More along the lines of something to do when you get bored just hiding the sausage all the time…

  24. #24 |  derfel cadarn | 

    To Nick42 the police ARE serial killers. They are uniformed thugs they are the standing army the founders warned us about. NEVER call the police The police are not your friends. I had several friends that are involved in law enforcement I no longer associate with them we do not live in the same world.

  25. #25 |  Nick42 | 

    @derfel cadarn

    I no more believe that all police are thugs or killer than I believe all police are saints. They are merely humans who are both granted vast powers and given a difficult job – one that requires proper oversight. My problem is not that individual officers, particularly young officers, as the one in the article I linked seems to be, do bad thing. My problem is that the the police departments and courts that should be watching out for misconduct grant them free passes.

    That said, I would never call the police to try to “help” someone, unless it was a life or death situation. There are just too many cowboys who are given free reign to use deadly force for me to feel comfortable doing so.