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Friday, May 18th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Stephen | 

    re:horrible story:

    I would like to see that nanny and her husband suffer some consequences. Maybe somebody can falsely accuse them of rape so they can understand.

  2. #2 |  Big Texan | 

    The article on gay marriage, it’s what I’ve been saying the entire time. Why allow the government to tell you what constitutes a marriage?

  3. #3 |  DarkEFang | 

    “Calhoun told the family he was an animal lover and was sorry about what happened, Gregory said.”

    Because the first response of an animal lover is to shoot any animals they see.

  4. #4 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I have gradually come to the conclusion that no group that asserts that it wants to “Get the money out of politics” can be trusted. All the ones I have kept track of for any length of time proved in the end to be people who thought that they had a way to shut down the opposition that they would be able to work around.

  5. #5 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    OK, so what the hell is so difficult about the cop calling before entering a property when there is no indication of immediate danger or a crime being committed?

    “Hi, Ms. Gregory. Office Chase Calhoun. I’m here to take your report. Can you make sure that any animals are secure and kids are wearing pants? Meet me at the front gate to let me in. OK, you need a couple minutes to secure the dogs? No problem. I’ll wait here.”

  6. #6 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Baltimore cops simply expanded existing laws to allow them to continue cracking down on camera-wielding citizens, including threatening to arrest a man for loitering.
    On Monday, the Department of Justice slapped the Baltimore Police Department with another letter, condemning it for writing such a vague general order and for allowing the harassment to continue.
    The police seem to be caught in a PR death spiral. The more
    they attempt to pretend to fight a perfectly legal activity, the
    more attention it arouses, and the more idiotic they look.

  7. #7 |  RBS | 

    #4 Yeah, they really mean get everyone else’s money money out of politics.

    #5 You’re assuming cops actually respect citizen’s property. When you have a gun and a badge you can go wherever you please. I’ve come to the conclusion that if it is absolutely necessary to get the police involved and it’s possible, just go to the station.

  8. #8 |  perlhaqr | 

    How fucking insane has our supposedly free country become when the Federal DOJ has to issue guidelines to local PDs spelling out things like “don’t intimidate or harass people for taking pictures”?

  9. #9 |  Charlie O | 

    Vallejo puppycide: Lessons learned. NEVER, EVER call the police. Cops are frigging cowards.

  10. #10 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    #7 and #9: On the SoCal news, there was a story about the Postal Service doing dog bite awareness. While they don’t shoot dogs, they do sustain quite a few bites every year, some pretty serious.

    In many cases where a dog gets shot or a dog bites someone, the underlying problem was approach protocol. That is very trainable and fixable for people, and does not have to add cost to the routine. Postal workers with regular routes are free to note that an address has a scary or vicious dog and make the owner get his mail at a Post Office. Great protocol! Prevents many negative interactions with animals. Police officers need to have similar options when dealing with non-emergency calls, both for their safety and for animals’ safety.

  11. #11 |  Irving Washington | 

    There’s a significant potential for a church/state problem with the Angola Passion Play, but it’s not illegal on its face.

  12. #12 |  EH | 

    Big Texan@2: Because there are tax and other legal benefits.

  13. #13 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    The marriage article isn’t interesting, it’s bizzare. So since the government has, in the past, coerced people into getting married against their will, it’s okay for them to coerce people into remaining unmarried today. That’s like arguing it’s okay to ban consensual sex because there’s a problem with rape.

  14. #14 |  EH | 

    And really, the whole article is pretty much a 750 word exposition of an old joke. “Ha ha, gays now get the prize of a divorce rate!” is at least 10yrs old.

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    Re: The Pakistani shakedown (‘Headline of the Day’)

    Maybe the Pentagon should just deposit the payment directly in the Pakistani bureaucrat’s Swiss Bank account to save transaction fees.

  16. #16 |  David McElroy | 

    On the gay marriage story, I’ve been saying for some time that we need a complete separation of marriage and state, not just some tinkering with the rules. Why should you need the state’s permission to enter into a voluntary agreement that you call a marriage? Here’s what I wrote about it last week:

  17. #17 |  Aresen | 

    Stormy Dragon

    That’s like arguing it’s okay to ban consensual sex because there’s a problem with rape.

    Don’t give Chuck Schummer ideas!

  18. #18 |  Stormy Dragon | 


    Yes, if I was declared Libertarian emperor, I’d eliminate all government marriage, but the fact is right now we do have state sponsored marriage and many parts of our legal system grant special consideration to married couples that are not offered to other pairing of individuals.

    As long as that remains the case, people have a right to expect equal treatment under the law.

    To put it another way, I personally would like to see the income tax eliminated. But if I supported an 85% tax rate, I would still be supporting confiscatory taxes even if I justified it on the grounds of “Well, there should be no income tax at all so it doesn’t matter what the rate is”.

  19. #19 |  DarkEFang | 

    #10 – (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater:

    Unfortunately, except in rare cases, no-cost or low-cost offers to train police in how to approach strange dogs are rebuffed. There is simply no desire to even learn about dealing with animals.

  20. #20 |  Deoxy | 

    Holder and the DOJ continue to impress on this issue.

    Yes, actually, they do… which is really weird, considering how amazingly, horrendously badly they’re doing on everything else (even just in comparison to previous administrations’ DOJs).

    Not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but it really makes me wonder what the motivation there is.

  21. #21 |  Radley Balko | 

    Yes, actually, they do… which is really weird, considering how amazingly, horrendously badly they’re doing on everything else (even just in comparison to previous administrations’ DOJs).

    Not sure I agree with the last part. They’re just bad in different ways. And equally bad or worse in others.

    But one other good thing Holder’s DOJ has done is devote resources to investigating civil rights violations by local police and prosecutors. Bush’s DOJ did very little of that.

  22. #22 |  Coises | 

    Does pepper spray not work on dogs?
    Why is the gun the first/only option?

  23. #23 |  Cynical in New York | 

    RE: False rape case

    Got to love the couple who put this man through this living hell using “for the children” excuse. I expect this sick “tactic” to be used more if gay couples adopting children increases. The easiest way to ruin people is to accuse them of harming children in a sexual way. This couple has some nice karma coming their way.

    There was a Law and Order: SVU episode on this (sort of). A family was in a car accident and one of the doctors discovered molest signs in the daughter which led to the police being notified. The police dug up something on the father that he was falsely accused of molesting students but even though the charge was a farce, the notion that he was accused caused him to lose his job and leave town. In the episode the father is a coach After local people heard about the daughter, all of a sudden random complaints about children being molested flooded the department. Which lead to the department trying to get the daughter to point out who did it via a drawing which somehow implicated the father. The family’s house was raided and the father was arrested. Later on it’s discovered that it was older jock boy at the school who actually did the molesting. The father was clear of all chargers but at the end of the episode he tells the detective that he has been fired from his new school job and might have to moved to a different town again.

    RE: Baltimore PD

    Yea the DOJ is doing the right thing but it is an election year.

  24. #24 |  Burgers Allday | 

    George Hitcho has been convicted of first degree murder when he killed a policeman to prevent the policeman from shooting his dogs.

    The police witness (the one who wasn’t killed) said that the dead policeman was only going to taser the dog.

    This case not nearly enough coverage. It is an outrage.

  25. #25 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @2 – Right. Small government – civil unions, and for that matter the “between two people” thing is in itself judgemental.

    One of the areas I as a leftie use an example of Governments moralising where they have no business.

    (I’m also personally religious and would expect to be married in any long-term relationship, I just fail to see why the state has a stake in this)

    For that matter, afaik the state (as in the Nordic counties) should consider each person’s individual needs and not in pairs, making it hard for people to act as individuals via economic ties.

  26. #26 |  EBL | 

    The passion play does not bother me at all. Provided no one was coerced into participating or watching it. Most prisoners at Angola are probably Christian and if the play resonates with them, good for them.

    I assume the prison drama department is not forced to only do Christian themes. Obviously that is important.

  27. #27 |  Frank Hummel | 

    Re: Puppycide

    The cops should talk to the people at Terminix. They have a canned voicemail msg they send couple of days before they come over for the regular outside treatment. One of things they mention is to please secure your pets. I guess it’s too hard for cops to do the same things. Maybe while they enjoy their free donut and coffee? OK, back to reality now…

  28. #28 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    The State has a stake in this because, way back when we were just figuring out how to bang rocks together to make fire, the Clan had a very significant stake in it. Marriage has been tied up with Societal approval since societal approval was crucial because the unity of the clan was one of the few things standing between the individual and getting eaten by bears.

    The notion that the State does NOT stand in loco parentis is very new (as in, no older than the 18th century Age of Reason) and fairly radical even today. And disentangling the custom of marriage from the warp and woof of British Common Law (and thus from our own legal heritage) is probably impossible.

    What I tell the Religiously Offended who want me to denounce Gay Marriage is “What’s wrong with our marriage customs has little or nothing to do with Gays. The problem isn’t that we are considering allowing Gays to marry, The problem is that it is easier to get out of a marriage contract than it is to get out of a cell-phone contract.”

  29. #29 |  Dante | 

    RE: Puppycide

    I read a story today about a bull moose in Utah that was running through town, scaring people. Those guys can weigh almost a ton, and they can easily kill a human if they want to.

    This was a very dangerous situation. Naturally the police were called.

    Guess what? They tranquilized it, and are going to relocate it to a canyon somewhere.

    So, apparently, the police don’t hate all animals. Just dogs. Go figure.

  30. #30 |  Dave | 

    Question: Why do so many sweet dogs get shot by police for being aggressive?
    Answer: Because dogs are very good judges of character.

  31. #31 |  Dana Gower | 

    I don’t know if this is legitimate or not. It’s all I’ve seen.

  32. #32 |  Personanongrata | 

    •Puppycide: Family reports identity theft. Cop shows up to take report, kills their 11-year-old lab mix.

    What would any reasonable person have done if confronted with the same circumstances as the “highly trained” Officer Chase Calhoun?

    Would the reasonable person have retreated back through the gate and closed it or pull a pistol and gun the dog down?

    Are police officers in the US so poorly trained and/or caught up in a culture of uber machoism that they must resort to lethal violence as their first recourse?

    Calhoun approached the front gate and opened it after seeing there were no dogs in the yard, Weaver said.

    But as the officer opened the gate, two dogs came around the corner and “started snarling,” Weaver said. Calhoun tried to back up, but “they closed the gap on him almost immediately,” Weaver said.

    Calhouns story doth reek like a month old pile of diaper fillings.

    It would be nice to see some video/photos that capture the size and layout of the front yard with the fence and gate.

    Calhoun told the family he was an animal lover and was sorry about what happened, Gregory said.

    Such touching words. I’m sure the family was fully consoled.

  33. #33 |  Bobby Black | 

    If cops are so afraid of dogs…from Jack Russels to Labradors, then maybe they are too scared to be trusted with being a cop.
    Sending people who are scared while armed is never a good idea. Scared of furtive movement, scared of puppies, scared of unarmed people, scared of everything that goes bump in the night. It’s asking for tragedy.
    Then don’t be a cop. You are not fit for duty. Craven sociopaths with a shoot first, my union will get me off attitude are a danger to society.
    GOP Butt Plugs is the most amazing start to a headline ever.

  34. #34 |  cycjec | 

    I suspect most of us suspect that there’s more than incompetence
    involved given the frequency of these gratuitous dog-killlings. Just
    what is involved, I’m not sure.
    I’m not positive it’s this:
    but it’s certainly a candidate.
    BTW, cruelty to animals *is* predictive of cruelty to humans.

  35. #35 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Okay, started FOIA type inquiry on Vallejo Officer Chase Calhoun. Sounds like this one could take longer than it did for Officer Thomas Griffin out of Austin.

  36. #36 |  johnl | 

    About the Vallejo puppycide, it’s pretty stupid that we’ve created a bunch of makework projects for cops running errands for insurance companies. Investigating accidents or recording fraud victim statements would be done better, cheaper, and more safely by non-cops.

  37. #37 |  Burgers Allday | 

    About the Vallejo puppycide, it’s pretty stupid that we’ve created a bunch of makework projects for cops running errands for insurance companies. Investigating accidents or recording fraud victim statements would be done better, cheaper, and more safely by non-cops.

    that iz not whot the Koch Bros. want 2 c posted here !!

  38. #38 |  Burgers Allday | 

    About the Vallejo puppycide, it’s pretty stupid that we’ve created a bunch of makework projects for cops running errands for insurance companies. Investigating accidents or recording fraud victim statements would be done better, cheaper, and more safely by non-cops.

    my last comment was needlessly flip. I withdraw it.

    More serious response:

    quite a few years ago I was walking to my work downtown early on a Saturday.

    I walked up on a car accident. The damage to the vehicles was bad, but apparently nobody was hurt. There was an ambulance there and a firefighter. The cars were off to the side of the road and the people from the cars were standing around casually with the firefighters and the ambulance guys. I walked through the intersection on the other side of the street from where the cars and people were so as not to interfere or distract them. It was no big deal. I kept walking down the street.

    A couple of minutes later, I am at the heart of downtown. there are few people out because it is early. This police car barrels through the main intersection toward the accident against a red light with no lights and sirens. The vehicle almost hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk. I thought maybe the police car was going to something more urgent than the accident scene. So i turned arond and watched to see where the police car was going in such a hurry. Yup, he was just speeding to the scene of the cleared, no-injury accident and he almost killed somebody doing it.

    This was one of those moments that really change how I feel about police in general.

    It is not a dramatic as Packratt’s story (thank goodness), but I was definitely like “what in the haitch ee double hockey sticks was that?”

  39. #39 |  jppatter | 

    “She stressed that she and her family are ‘big fans of the police. I feel a lot of compassion for the police officer who shot my dog.'”

    Are you f-ing kidding me?

  40. #40 |  Snowdog | 

    Simple reason why the cop roared through the intersection to the almost cleared accident scene. Someone there, possibly both drivers, could be cited, and Officer Friendly could meet his quota, raise some revenue, and still have time to make it to Krispy Kreme. The pedestrian he almost hit was lucky he didn’t get a ticket for contempt of cop for daring to walk while Officer Friendly was in high pursuit of revenue.

  41. #41 |  Snowdog | 

    meant hot pursuit…but high works just as good