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Monday, May 28th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Mike | 

    This dog is huge: “Created 12:16 AM on 23rd July 2011″
    Radley, Radley, Radley.

  2. #2 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Sure are a lot of cops blowing away and harassing war veterans these days, although I never see it going in the opposite direction.
    Given the imbalance, we ought to arm the veterans with bazookas and have them teach police and other gov’t bullies the Constitution Rambo-style, if need be…

  3. #3 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “They immediately zip-tied me tighter than I would have been allowed to zip-tie an Iraqi,” Sgt. Corrigan said, pulling up his dress shirt cuff to show his wrist. “We had to check to fit two fingers between the tie and the Iraqi’s wrist so we weren’t cutting off circulation. They tied mine so tight that they hurt.”

    This story should be posted outside military recruiting centers. How’s that for gratitude! After the government uses you for cannon fodder, they may very well treat you as a criminal when you get home and experience emotional problems brought on by your deployment. Ask for help and we will send SWAT. We fucked up your head and now we will just treat you as damaged goods. Happy fuckin’ Memorial Day.

  4. #4 |  The Late Andy Rooney | 

    The thing that irks me about that Iraq vet story is the fact that the hotline person felt the need to ask about guns in the first place. Why? He didn’t report suicidal ideation, let alone a suicidal plan, nor did he express a wish to do violence to anyone else. It seems they just assumed he was somehow dangerous. So he ended up with 25 SWAT guys outside his house. Nice.

    I’m not a veteran, but I see a real prejudice against them when it comes to mental health. A lot of people seem to assume any veteran with depression, PTSD, or whatever, is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off at the slightest provocation. That’s one of the reasons you get incidents like this one.

  5. #5 |  Linda | 

    Huge Dog- I recently seen this family and their giant dog George on a morning show. Really funny to see George’s queen sized mattress on the floor at the foot of the couples bed. Very gentle, well mannered dog.

  6. #6 |  Delta | 

    #4: From article, “On a pamphlet from VA hospital, he saw a link to a website VeteransCrisisLine.net. On it, he found a number for a counseling hotline, which turned out to be a suicide hotline.”

    The call itself counted as suicidal ideation to the mindless system on the other end. The person answering likely only has a script assuming an active suicide situation (and no training, knowledge, or freedom to go off-script).

  7. #7 |  Kutani | 

    #6
    Yes, in certain circles it is known that, similar to how one cautions against speaking to police, if you are depressed you do not, under ANY circumstances, call a crisis hotline. That is a guaranteed one-way trip to happy halls, possibly jail, and the irredeemable loss of constitutional rights. Baaaad juju.

  8. #8 |  nigmalg | 

    Re: Iraq war vet

    Thank you for your courage and service sir. I’m sorry you found out what you fought for. You may have taken an oath to uphold the constitution, but our linebackers and justice assembly line couldn’t give less of a shit about theirs.

  9. #9 |  Dan | 

    I take it that cops are terrified of war veterans…people who know how to defend themselves. That’s very interesting because I know alot of cops that are war veterans themselves. I guess when a war veteran is not a cop he is the enemy who needs to be put in his place. For his own good.

  10. #10 |  The Late Andy Rooney | 

    Dan (#9)

    “For his own good.”

    Hence this chilling line: ” ‘Matt Corrigan, We’re here to help you, Matt,’ said a voice in the darkness.”

    Hell, maybe they even believed it.

  11. #11 |  perlhaqr | 

    And hopefully we’ll never get the headline: “World’s Largest Dog Shot By Police”

    ——

    As for the story about the puppycide lawsuit, But according to a nine-page incident report filed by police, O’Hare and Pia had received a tip from a reliable source that two handguns were stashed in an abandoned vehicle in the backyard of 297 Enfield St.

    A.) Handguns aren’t illegal in CT.

    B.) How is a car in someone’s back yard “abandoned”?

    C.) If they really had a “tip from a reliable source”, why didn’t they get a fucking warrant and present it to the property owners?

    The comments on that article supporting the cops are just disgusting. There seems to be no misfeasance a cop can commit that some bootlicking asshole won’t excuse.

  12. #12 |  croaker | 

    Puppycide will end when every dead dog (unjustified shooting) is balanced by a dead pig. Not before. No lawsuit, no massive payout, will change this, only summary execution will get their attention.

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
    ― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

  13. #13 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Looks like O’Hare made detective, too:

    http://blogs.courant.com/cityline/2011/09/task-force-brings-multidepartm.html

    (with photo — wouldn’t want to be behind him on the stairs).

    Disclaimer: could be a different John O’Hare

  14. #14 |  mugwort | 

    What happened to that Iraq vet and how the police so unfairly, unjustly should be a crime. Talk about police brutality. They were brutes to Lt.Corrigan. Don’t know for sure if calling a suicide hotline is a sure thing to go to a mental ward or psych hospital. I would think it’d depend how serious, how imminent and how possible the threat is.
    That Great Dane truly looks like a gentle giant. Love the pic of him with the kid on top of him. Cute!!!

  15. #15 |  EH | 

    Re: the Riggs story about the Mexican Mafia and Leonhart’s San Diego DEA office, that’s the same office that left the guy in the cell for 5 days a month ago.

  16. #16 |  Terrorific | 

    If that dog doesn’t get to be a direwolf for Halloween there is no justice in this world.

  17. #17 |  CharlesWT | 

    Donations to Diane Tran have exceeded $35,000. People love a great underdog story. :)

  18. #18 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    In the aftermath of Kathryn Johnston, I seem to recall several people on this board express a cynical attitude toward the “police reforms” put in place. It wasn’t great fortune telling–just an understanding of how cops operate.

    You cannot trust (or control) the Cop Mob in any way, shape, or form. Regardless of the atrocity and criminal activity, they will regroup and revert.

  19. #19 |  Mannie | 

    #7 | Kutani | May 28th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    #6
    Yes, in certain circles it is known that, similar to how one cautions against speaking to police, if you are depressed you do not, under ANY circumstances, call a crisis hotline. That is a guaranteed one-way trip to happy halls, possibly jail, and the irredeemable loss of constitutional rights. Baaaad juju.

    Cops and military, armed professionals in general, are mostly scared shitless about talking with any kinds of shrinks, especially Official Shrinks. Everything you was can be used to wreck your career. Sadly, the only alternative is to tough it out and soldier on. I’d rather run the risk of painting the ceiling than losing my career and Constitutional Rights.

    Sadly, this guy got so low, he reached out for help. “We’re from the Government, we’re here to help you.”

  20. #20 |  Mannie | 

    #14 | mugwort | May 28th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Don’t know for sure if calling a suicide hotline is a sure thing to go to a mental ward or psych hospital. I would think it’d depend how serious, how imminent and how possible the threat is.

    The problem is, you don’t know how serious the risk to you is. It’s like calling 911. You’ve opened a can of snakes with limitless power to harm you, and the only protection you have is the good will of strangers who don’t care whether you live or die.

    Personally, I think the risk to me of potentially committing suicide, is less than the risk of “getting help.” YMMV, but do you know what the mileage is?

  21. #21 |  omar | 

    Puppycide will end when every dead dog (unjustified shooting) is balanced by a dead pig.

    Herald – the return of the Internet Tough Guy is upon us.

  22. #22 |  Mantooth | 

    “Look at that dog. Man, it’s huuuuuge!”

    “That’s right, Tiny Elvis. It sure is huge!”

  23. #23 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    Omar: “Herald – the return of the Internet Tough Guy is upon us.”

    Yeah I was real impressed by Croaker’s hard-boiled Rambo routine too. Rest assured, if the shit went down, he would be the one lying in a fetal position losing control of his blader and bowels. That’s why “revolutionaries” like this always urge folks in the ghetto or dumb redneck “militia types” to do the dirty work. Like many “revolutionaries” of the 60′s and 70′s, Croaker will want the lumpenproletariat to do the killing and dying if it is to happen. And he will just sit at his keyboard or in front of his TV thanking his lucky stars that he won’t be the one risking his life or his future for “the cause” (whatever it happens to be that week).

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