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Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  dave smith | 

    Regarding the pulling of the wrong tooth:

    Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau did the same thing.

  2. #2 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “In that letter, he also charged that ‘a handful of anti-police individuals in Fayetteville are attempting to create a Board with an effective mission of interfering with and obstructing traditional police operations’.”

    You mean “traditional police operations” like operating in a zero accountability environment. And will the board interfere with FPD’s ability to undermine the fourth amendment and intimidate “those people.” Well damn that board straight to hell then! Poor police union. Sniffle sniffle. Always getting picked on and having their cars ransacked and getting beaten up for asserting their rights or for trying to take pictures and…oh wait, I think that might be backwards.

  3. #3 |  MattJ | 

    Not worth the effort? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. We stand for something. We are here to show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human sprit is still alive.

  4. #4 |  omar | 

    I didn’t know about the Iron Sheik. Apparently he’s a persian pretending to be an arab. My persian friend does not like it when people make this mistake, but it’s usually him being lumped in with my people, so I’m totally cool with it.

    Googling Iron Sheik, what is happening between him and Dr Michael Ian Black?

  5. #5 |  awp |

    Houston noise ordinance law has proven to be unenforceable and all cases in the court system has been closed. Although I bet as long as it is on the books it will continue to be used as a contempt of cop charge.

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    From the file of things I never thought I’d write: Good work, Comcast.

    When Comcast (or Verizon, for that matter) does anything that benefits its subscribers, it’s purely coincidental with actions undertaken in its own self interest. I’m not saying that their push back on these subpenas isn’t a good thing, but I seriously doubt Comcast is being motivated by any wish to be a good Samaritan.

  7. #7 |  Dan Danknick | 

    Make sure you pause your mouse over the photo of John Midgette in the Reason article…

  8. #8 |  zero | 

    I think what we’re seeing in Fayetteville is a case of…

    *puts on sunglasses*

    Moral Midgettetry.


  9. #9 |  StrongStyleFiction | 

    Ah the Iron Sheik, as a long time Sheik fan and Botchamania viewer, allow me to be the first to say….


    Also, someone calling Fayetteville a “cesspool of corruption and anti-police hatred,” is hilarious to me.

    Long live the Sheik, may he break the backs and humble the unjust forever. But if you need something a bit more spiritual, you can join the Intercontinental Church of “Macho Man” Randy Savage at

  10. #10 |  nigmalg | 

    Police will not hesitate to attempt to shut down free speech when it negatively affects them.

    Just as they will use vague generic contempt of cop charges to shut down disagreement in any other aspect of their job. It’s on the same end of the bully spectrum.

    While I understand that a private forum is not representative of “freedom of speech”, I have countless anecdotal examples of police members requesting discussions be shut down when important topics about police accountability come up.

    A solution? We repeat it every day. Stop giving police carte blanche to dish out summary punishment. Clearly define their roles as peace keepers. Deflate their king balloons and may we live in a bit more harmony.

  11. #11 |  Robert | 

    “It is so low, in fact, that it is not financially worthwhile for banks to install screens that could further reduce robberies.”

    Well yeah. The feds just reimburse the banks for any stolen money. Why would they want to spend more money to prevent the robberies?

  12. #12 |  Goober | 

    Robert – you missed the most important link in the chain. The feds=us, and more specificaly, the US middle class.

    So in your response above, replace “the feds just” with “the American people are forced against their will via threats of violence and incarceration, to”

  13. #13 |  el coronado | 

    #3, Did you **really** just quote Patrick Swayze’s ineffably cool surfer dude/bank robber from the most ridiculous movie ever, ‘Point Break’? Well played, sir. Well played.

  14. #14 |  Robert | 

    @goober. Yeah, but it’s more like they just print more money to replace it, causing inflation. So we pay for it through that.

  15. #15 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    join the Intercontinental Church of “Macho Man” Randy Savage at

    “Occupy Top Rope”

  16. #16 |  omar | 

    @#15 | Boyd Durkin

    I highly recommend scrolling to the bottom of the page to see the full background. There’s a lot goin’ on there.

  17. #17 |  mcmillan | 

    An isolated incident in Washington

  18. #18 |  Personanongrata | 

    Mental Midgettes, Iron Sheiks and loud noises, oh my!

  19. #19 |  Vic Kelley | 

    re: robbing banks not worth it

    Interesting numbers. I don’t know if bank robbers do internet research to find out about their chances of success vs. what they’ll face if they get caught. For me I couldn’t do it. Whatever robbers have in them that lets them scare the hell out of innocent people and potentially kill innocent people just isn’t in me.

    On the other hand some people are in it for more than the $. The 2 young men in the North Hollywood B of A shootout – Larry Phillips, Jr. and Emil Matasareanu – had a lot of cash in their home when police searched it after their deaths.

  20. #20 |  KRF | 

    Video of Pro Wrestler CM PUnk talking about him and another wrestler getting hassled by police in Missouri.

  21. #21 |  Davis | 

    @Robert and Goober:

    This is just silly. First, “[t]he FDIC receives no Congressional appropriations – it is funded by premiums that banks and thrift institutions pay for deposit insurance coverage and from earnings on investments in U.S. Treasury securities.” We don’t pay for it, except in the form of banking fees (and even if the FDIC didn’t exist, you can be damn sure that private banking insurance companies would fill the gap).

    Second, as noted elsewhere, the screens are expensive — about $7000. Installing the screens would be economically stupid in the absence of any insurance, since the expected loss at a particular bank branch (Probability of robbery*average amount stolen in a robbery) is far, far less than that amount. It would only make sense to install them in branches that present a high risk of loss.