Mid-Morning Links

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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  1. #1 |  supercat | 

    #44 | Personanongrata | “Rules are made to be broken…”

    I have observed that a number of agencies have very strong passive-aggressive tendencies, immigration-related ones more so than most. Whenever there’s a clamor for them to do their job, they will go out of their way enforce the laws against the people who would be most worthy of waivers. Then when there’s a public outcry against that, they use that as an argument that the law shouldn’t be enforced against anyone.

    BTW, many agencies also employ passive-aggressive budgeting: assign things that the public doesn’t want cut the *lowest* priority. That way, when there’s a call for budget cuts, the cuts will fall upon things that people don’t want cut. Then, since the public won’t let those things be cut, nothing will get cut.

  2. #2 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    As I have lately increased my consumption of yogurt, these kicks in the nuts hurt more and more.

  3. #3 |  CyniCAl | 

    •The Culpepper, Virginia cop who shot and killed Patricia Cook has been charged with murder.

    A sign of the apocalypse for sure. Along with the murder charges filed against the Fullerton, CA police in the Kelly Thomas beating death, this is the only other instance I have read about where an on-duty cop acting in the line of duty has been charged with murder.

    Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a trend.

    And, as always, fuck all cops everywhere.

  4. #4 |  Rich | 

    Esposito: From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now… 16 years old!
    Fielding Mellish: What’s the Spanish word for straitjacket?

  5. #5 |  Other Sean | 

    Debi #45,

    Fair enough. If you want a more detailed discussion, check out this thread: http://www.theagitator.com/2012/05/13/watch-them-explode/. It had a pretty good exchange on the “New Jim Crow” thesis.

    The short version is this:

    No one doubts that the drug war and the criminal justice system today hit with a racially disparate impact. But there is no evidence that the disparate impact is anything other than one more in a seemingly endless series of unintended consequences. The burden of proof is on the positive, and anyone claiming that racism is the “real” reason why we have a drug war would have to produce direct evidence of that. No one has.

    Indeed, check out reason.com’s article yesterday on the evolution of Charlie Rangel from drug war hawk to legalization dove. They point out that, 40 years ago, it was considered racist NOT to support the drug war, because the harm of drugs was said to have a disparate impact on minorities and the urban poor.

  6. #6 |  Other Sean | 

    Debi #45 (if you’re out there),

    To put in another way: If I used the same methods as Michelle Alexander, I could very easily write a 300 page book “proving” that society is at war with young men of all colors, because…

    …it’s young men we put prison, it’s young men we send to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s young men who have to pay the most for car insurance, it’s young men who beat each other up in gladiatorial contests on pay-per-view, it’s young men who have a median net worth that is X% less than elderly widows, it’s young men who so often play the fool on television sitcoms, it’s young men who have their self esteem destroyed by minstrel stereotypes like David Spade and Charlie Sheen, it’s young men who get killed on the street corners, young men who get beat up in the bars, etc.

    Now just look at all those negative consequences. They must be intentional. They must!

    Can you see what’s wrong with that reasoning?

  7. #7 |  Jeff | 

    John Stewart spent seven minutes going after Bloomberg on Thursday’s The
    Daily Show. “Mr. Mayor, without these giant cups, where are homeless people
    going to shit? You’re going to tell them to take two smaller shits?”

  8. #8 |  Debi | 

    Other Sean – I read the thread, and found that I disagree with you there. We seem to be approaching this issue from vastly different perspectives. Thank you for sharing the thread and your perspective with me, though. I’m always interested in considering other points of view.

  9. #9 |  Other Sean | 


    More than that I cannot ask…

  10. #10 |  Seamus | 

    It’s spelled “Culpeper,” not “Culpepper.”