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Sunday, May 27th, 2012

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15 Responses to “Sunday Afternoon Links”

  1. #1 |  passing by | 

    In connection with SWAT transparency, my guess is that the unintended consequences will be some areas will end up reporting finding very high rates of evidence of serious criminal activity – I am sure with no suspicion of its having been planted.

  2. #2 |  PermaLurker | 

    re: the headline of the day; is this how the Zombie Apocalypse starts?

  3. #3 |  Bob | 

    Mmm. Plywood. You know, I’m really starting to warm up to OSB, too. Sure, it’s not as sexy as plywood with it’s tough, angular form neatly hewn from perfect, straight grained wood. But the “One side rough, one side smooth” feature of OSB and the ubiquitous, imperfect printing that’s on every sheet certainly has it’s charm.

  4. #4 |  Judi | 

    In my day the teen moral panics were mostly who had the best weed and who was old enough to get the MAD DOG 20-20. Geesh.

  5. #5 |  Bill Poser | 

    I bet that cops will play games with the definition of “pet” in the SWAT transparency bill and leave out cases in which they shoot what they consider to be a guard dog or working horse or pet pig. I suggest replacing “pet” with “vertebrate”.

  6. #6 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The teen panics remind me of the first Doonesbury story featuring Roland Burton Hedley III, in which Zonker fed the credulous reporter a prime load of bushwa which was reported soberly as the New Thing.

    I am also reminded of the reports I have read in recent years purporting to show that teen smoking is on the decline (which hasn’t been my observation).

    I think that what we are seeing is a consequence of school policies that involve lying to the students – I have read of a LOT of supposedly ‘confidential’ information requested from students that turned out to be anything BUT confidential when it suited The Authorities.

    I think the Progressive nitwits that infest our schools the way that cockroaches infest a slum have taught the kids to lie to them at every opportunity.

    Good kids. Keep it up.

  7. #7 |  Pi Guy | 

    Watson believes the searches are part of his efforts to ensure inmate safety.

    I guarantee that not one guard has ever been strip searched on his way into work there because, if there had been, this article would’ve been titled “Cop union/FOP sue after Cops Being told to Strip Naked at Work.”

    And I’m pretty sure that no cop would ever think “it was the biggest bunch of crap I’d ever heard in my life” if it happened to them.

    Sheriff Watson: “We don’t strip search real-life heroes.”

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “The Michigan legislature is considering a SWAT transparency bill similar to the one passed in Maryland. I’ll have more on this later.”

    Ludicrous, I tell you. Next thing, they’ll be asking for Mission Statements for wars.

  9. #9 |  EH | 

    Crimony, how many pages is that teen panic story? All it’s missing is a survey popup and it will complete its mimicry of HuffPo.

  10. #10 |  Terry H. | 

    “I guarantee that not one guard has ever been strip searched on his way into work there because, if there had been, this article would’ve been titled “Cop union/FOP sue after Cops Being told to Strip Naked at Work”

    And not because of the humiliation, but because of the pay cut. Last I heard, guards were turning about a 500% profit margin for flipping drugs in-house.

  11. #11 |  Tom | 

    I’m not a fan of people receiving full body cavity searches at jails without reasonable suspicion, but I think the nurse story is great.

    Under the most recent Supreme Court decision the Virginia sheriff can absolutely conduct cavity searches on nurses and other employees entering the jail to maintain the security of the facility. This will force the conservative Justices to face the logical ends of their prior decision and when they try to weasel their way out it will be a good roasting.

  12. #12 |  CharlesWT | 

    Donate to help Diane Tran

  13. #13 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Atlanta attorney Rand Csehy made his mark prosecuting drug dealers; somewhere along the way, police say, he joined the enemy.”

    Which is to say now he is just a regular ol’ doper. I bet he used love those sting operations when only poor people and/or minorities were getting snagged. Wonder if Csehy will re-think his past actions now that he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Or he’ll just rationalize it all away, like Rush “Pill Poppin’ Dittos” Limbaugh. Now THAT is karma in action.

  14. #14 |  Juice | 

    The Csehy story makes it sound like a bunch of unfortunate incidents happened to this poor man and he got so depressed that he just landed himself into drug and weapons trafficking. But the author of the story does a good job of letting any reader read between the lines. This guy is and has been a complete POS who is probably involved in organized crime and would use the state put away his competition.

  15. #15 |  Pi Guy | 

    Under the most recent Supreme Court…

    I’ve not read either the concurring or dissenting opinions, only summaries. But are you sure that they can strip search anyone entering the jail or just those brought there under arrest for detention?

    It would appear at first brush that this ruling was, since it was based upon an unwarranted arrest, be limited to those entering thhe jail to be detained.