Bonus Afternoon Links

Monday, May 14th, 2012
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30 Responses to “Bonus Afternoon Links”

  1. #1 |  Mario | 

    The entire German police fired 85 bullets total, last year; the U.S. police force fires more bullets than that each year just at our dogs.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “Talk about “diet police” is just crazy!”

    –Almost everyone 1995

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    Interesting story in the Atlantic about the US Justice Department’s lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/05/sheriff-joe-arpaio-allegedly-not-only-harrassed-latinos-but-ignored-crime/257033/

    An important part of the complaint is that Maricopa County has forgone policing against violent crime to target Hispanics for immigration crimes. Funny, but couldnt the same be said for many PD, including the feds, targeting drugs, prostitution, and incorrectly categorized lobsters instead of violent criminals. Why isn’t the DOJ going after the NYPD, after Officer Schoolcraft showed that the NYPD was finding ways to ignore rapes etc as bad for their stats?

  4. #4 |  Cyto | 

    Because Schoolcraft is crazy…. duh! They had to have him secretly committed to a mental hospital, remember?

  5. #5 |  Mattocracy | 

    After the feds get done with Arpaio, can they go after Bloomberg next?

  6. #6 |  KRF | 

    Is anyone registered to comment on the Puppycide article and able to set the 2nd commenter (Bill McCall) straight?

  7. #7 |  Difster | 

    Great, I can go get a regular job (I’m self-employed), start playing WoW and missing work. When I get fired I can sue them because I was addicted to it and that would be illegal under the ADA.

    PROFIT!

  8. #8 |  UvalDuvalCuckoo | 

    KRF – a-holes like that make my blood boil. Outside fo the huge amount of evidence to the contrary, it’s general know-it-all-ism of that sort that makes you just want to scream. Dogs are killed indiscriminately by cops every freaking week. It’s like the SouthPark episode with Scuzzlebutt – where Uncle Jimbo and CancerKazoo take Stan hunting, no matter how innocuous or harmless the animal is, they gun it down with a machine gun right after yelling “It’s coming right for us”. The cop reports of the dogs charging all sound like they are generated by the exact same person – wonder why that is?

    I’m the biggest dog lover in teh world and will admit, that in cases where an attack dog is sicked on an officer, shooting is warranted. but that seems relatively rare and almost like some urban legend many of the ‘fine’ officers glom onto to justify shooting dogs. Anyone that’s seen that Kansas city cops show where the cops are staking out the house and before anything on a preliminary pass the lead cop says “That dog will need to be neutralized”. Once the raid goes down, the ‘dangerous’ dog is rolling on his back likcing the other cops hand. If it wasn’t for the other cops, that dog would have been dead after allegedly ‘charging’ the cop. Cops have no problem macing, tazering and beating with a club – combative (and often innocent and helpless) people, why is it that these incidents never have any indication the cop tried anything non-lethal first? even if you assume it’s warranted, taking a gun out and shooting, especially where there are people around, is dangerous. If someone is shot by accident, the chief would claim it’s an unfortunate accident as well. As much as many cops like acting like hard a5535, it seems like a huge majority of them aren’t nearly as ‘tough’ as your average mailman or meter reader.

  9. #9 |  Bad Medicine | 

    I’d better stop visiting this site or I may be diagnosed as addicted to news stories about police brutality, misbehavior, and ignorance of the law…

  10. #10 |  SJE | 

    Schoolcraft was definitely crazy within the definition of the NYPD by crossing the blue line and documenting violations of law by his commanders.

  11. #11 |  Bad Medicine | 

    And next up: small town in New Jersey bans walking! A local representative went on record saying “Too many things can distract you while you’re walking, and you can stub a toe or suffer some other bodily injury! From now on we all need to be in wheelchairs!”

  12. #12 |  Mike | 

    I just realized I’m addicted to The Agitator. Can I sue under the ADA?

  13. #13 |  Quiet Desperation | 

    Well, dammit, I read the addiction line and thought something awesome was going to be legalized. :-( DSM revision? Feh…

  14. #14 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    More than half of all stops were conducted because the individual displayed “furtive movements.”

    Just like the “nervous” passenger in T. Huff’s vehicle in Collinsville the word “furtive” has been hijacked by the Gestapo to circumvent the 4th Amendement. Just like the word “Pre-emptive” war in Iraq was mis-applied to justify an illegal invasion.
    “Suspicious” is another good one. It means nothing, therefore there’s no
    fighting it. If a gov’t burglar (ie, cop) wants to go through your stuff, all he has to do is vomit up one of these meaningless buzzwords, and guess
    what, there’s not a goddamn thing you can do about it.

  15. #15 |  Bob | 

    I’m addicted to this site too! When will Pharmaceutical companies respond to this threat to the nation with powerful new anti-addiction medication?

    What could go wrong?

  16. #16 |  Doug Walker | 

    Actually, KRF (#6), I agree with commenter Bill McCall on the puppycide story:

    “‘Amber said that the man was holding their dog by its collar.’” I’m throwing the BS flag on that one. No cop is going to shoot a dog while a person is holding onto it in close quarters.”

    He’s right; the cop would absolutely shoot both the dog and the person in that situation.

  17. #17 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    “America’s is about to get hit with a massive surge in addiction.”

    Just what we need; another incipient Crusade.

    I can at least understand the historical Crusades; they got all those smelly brutes in the ironmongery to go haring off elsewhere.

  18. #18 |  Personanongrata | 

    •America’s is about to get hit with a massive surge in addiction.
    •New Yorkers seem to be exceptionally “furtive.” Especially the black and brown ones.
    •Good reporting here on police militarization in Ohio.
    •Puppycide. Cops show up at the wrong house, kill the owner’s dog.
    •Another look at the ugly federal pardon process.
    •Fort Lee, New Jersey has banned texting while walking.
    •Your waistline is apparently a threat to U.S. national security.

    To paraphrase and take a few liberties with some nouns a rather infamous Donald Henry Rumsfeld (old neat and tidy himself) qoute:

    “As you know, ah, you live your life with the government you have—not the government you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

    Serfs up.

  19. #19 |  KRF | 

    Doug Walker: You have a point.

  20. #20 |  MacK | 

    On the waist line link this is to funny to me.
    http://www.stopobesityalliance.org/about/about-ferguson/

    Christine C. Ferguson, J.D.
    Professor, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
    Director, STOP Obesity Alliance

    http://www.stopobesityalliance.org/wp-content/themes/stopobesityalliance/images/bios/christine-ferguson.jpg

    Yes the Director of the Stop Obesity Alliance is NOT a thin girl by any sense of the word.

  21. #21 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Qualified immunity case that displeased me just now:

    http://police4aqi.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/the-bad-police-trifecta-unwarranted-arrest-false-dog-alert-and-strip-search/

  22. #22 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    #15 Bob: You don’t need pharmaceuticals, you need dairy. Pick up a few cups of yogurt from the refrigerated section of your grocery store and read along with us with swagger.

  23. #23 |  Russ 2000 | 

    There is zero chance of the new DSM saving ANY money whatsoever.

    For one, you create more addicts needing help from the same number of doctors. Increase demand without increasing supply and we know what happens.

    Secondly, I’m sure these addictions become disabilities which will mean government checks being sent to additional people on a monthly basis.

  24. #24 |  Cynical in New York | 

    RE: NY “stop and frisk”

    Love this comment

    “Karl Hungus wrote:
    This is a really great piece you’ve written.

    As long as stop-and-frisk is happening almost exclusively to non-whites, then it will be allowed to continue. Because when you cut to the chase, the unspoken truth here is that the wealthy white liberals of New York City want to be kept safe from the dark hordes. The fact that these efforts are especially concentrated in Manhattan – New York City’s richest area – suggests that they want to be kept separate from them as well.”

    I agree with him but I hope he doesn’t think that conservatives would be condemning this program. Granted NYC is no hot bed for police-are-always-right conservatism but I can guarantee you they would support it as well and accuse those like Mr. Greenfield who oppose such an unconstitutional tactic by the states thugs as being “politically correct” or “weak on crime”.

    By the way a Federal Court is weighing on this matter as well

    http://rt.com/usa/news/stop-new-york-frisk-615/

  25. #25 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    http://news.yahoo.com/wrong-man-executed-texas-probe-says-051125159.html

    For those of you who haven’t seen it yet.

  26. #26 |  Charlie O | 

    Considering another dog murder, one can only assume that the first qualification to become a “peace” officer in this country is extreme cowardice. What a bunch of fucking cowards.

  27. #27 |  Eric | 

    Uhg, trying to evaluate a clinical diagnosis process that requires, at a minimum, a master level degree and constant education to understand the evaluation criteria in the court of public opinion is silly.

  28. #28 |  Other Sean | 

    #27 Eric,

    I trust the court of public opinion much more than I trust the holder of a “master level degree” in a pseudo-science like psychology.

    Mostly, though, I don’t trust either.

  29. #29 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @27 – Right. I’ve done basic training in suicide prevention (it was required for an emergency aid qualification, long story), and the training stresses the importance of not making any judgements beyond current mental states.

    Equally, I’ve done work on market audience analysis and what’s said over and over is that you cannot in any way use it to apply to individuals.

    Psychological analysis of individuals is a VERY skilled topic.

    @23 – And why should a analysis handbook SEEK to save money for the state?

  30. #30 |  Sharon Helriggle | 

    Ten years since my son was gunned down by the Preble County SWAT team and I just have to comment on the $500,000 that is reported our family received. What a JOKE! We realized that it was all about money and not by any means about JUSTICE for our son. After attorney fees and costs we were left with our mouths agape and still no one had to answer for the death of my beautiful son.

    To think that these cowards are now being supplied with heavy artillery makes me think that everyone should be very afraid.

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