I’ve Moved

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Still a few kinks to work out, but as promised, your daily agitation is moving to the Huffington Post. Future posts will go up over there, starting now.

The web address will redirect in a bit. But until then, here’s where you need to go.

MORE: Yeah, comments is one of the kinks we’re working out. They’ll be up soon. Some of you have asked about an RSS feed. I’ve asked about that. I’ll post here when I hear back.

MORE: To get to comments, you need to click on the headline of the post. They’re fixing this to make the comments more accessible. You can subscribe to an RSS feed for the blog here, and here.

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143 Responses to “I’ve Moved”

  1. #1 |  billb | 

    Can you post the RSS feed link for just you? Everything I’ve tried so far has redirected to the main HuffPo RSS feed.

  2. #2 |  RT | 

    Umm. Was it mentioned before that comments would not be available over there?

  3. #3 |  Max | 

    Second the RSS request. Love you much but won’t reliably follow unless I can get you into reader (and no way am I wading through all the HuffPo dreck to make that happen, no offense.)

  4. #4 |  Nando | 

    I’m with the above two. I follow you because of I can get the stories in my reader. If the HuffPo page has an RSS feed, I’ll continue to follow.

  5. #5 |  jb | 

    Not good.

  6. #6 |  Ben | 

    Likewise, I’m unable to find the RSS feed for your blog specifically. Hope HuffPo lets you post it.

  7. #7 |  Psion | 

    I have a bad feeling about this.

  8. #8 |  Difster | 

    Throw my name in too. RSS and comments. Hopefully you’ll tell us they’re just not enabled yet.

  9. #9 |  Jingles | 


  10. #10 |  billb | 

    Jingles link seems to be sufficient to me. Hopefully it’s identical or a good superset of the page you posted. Thanks, Jingles!

  11. #11 |  DoubleU | 

    I also use a news reader. I hope I don’t have to sign up in order to post on Huffington.

  12. #12 |  DoubleU | 

    Jingles (#9) link seems to work.

  13. #13 |  Mike H | 

    I’ll miss the clean, uncluttered look of this place, but I’m happy to follow wherever the winds of change take you,

  14. #14 |  Marty | 

    It’d be really neat if the thumbs up option was able to be added to comments, too. The links and articles are great, but the debates really push it over the top.

    Good luck!

  15. #15 |  jmcross | 

    Well good luck in the belly of the beast. I’m gonna miss the relatively high level of discussion I’ve grown used to at this blog. I’ll still be following, but I don’t know how much HuffPo commentary I can take. It’s crazy up in there.

  16. #16 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Hmmmm, I’m not sure Burgers-friendly that place will be. Skinner over at the DU banned me back in ’02. I think he may have been the first in what became a long tradition.

    In case there is no comments over there, don’t forget to “bookmark” my police blog (linked thru my sig here). I do plan to continue it even without the generous promotional support that I have been afforded over the year by this comments section here at the Adge.

    Finally, thanks and good luck, Mr. Balko. Hopefully not farewell.

    “Why, Burgers, why!?!”(tm)

  17. #17 |  Jonathan | 

    You’ve already got a feed at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/the-agitator/feed

  18. #18 |  Stephen | 

    For some reason I have this line from a song by The Doors running through my head.

    “This is the end, beautiful friend” from the intro to Apocalypse Now.

    I hope it doesn’t turn out to be true and that it’s just a jumping off point to greater things. I’ll miss this place though. Especially the days when we could up/down vote.

  19. #19 |  Xenocles | 

    I’ve hardly been active here, but this is likely to be one of my last comments since I’m simply not going to join that community. I’ll be looking for a feed like the others. Good luck with the switch and I hope you are able to do some good with the new vehicle.

  20. #20 |  doomilias | 

    This link works great in google reader: ttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=radley-balko

    This link does not:

    as most others have said, this move is kind of a bummer. i get it, but huffpo is such a fustercluck of links and poor editorials and phishy ads that i wont be going there any time soon. sorry, duder.

  21. #21 |  doomilias | 

    oops: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=radley-balko

  22. #22 |  McHandler | 

    sorry, huffpo clutter is like stabbing my eyes out and I will miss you. Good luck and thanks for all the great articles!

  23. #23 |  MattJ | 

    Good luck, Radley. Huffpo is not one of my daily reads, but theagitator was. I guess I’ll still see your articles occasionally, or when the gang at Reason links to them.

  24. #24 |  Radley Balko | 

    These comments are cracking me up.

    “These issues are really important, and the police state is out of control, I’ve followed your work for years, and I want to remain a loyal reader . . . but not if I have to look at too much stuff on computer screen!”

  25. #25 |  Matthew | 

    Sadly, it feels like you’re moving from blog to editorial column. I know it’s just perception, but merely the aesthetic of the site detracts markedly from the credibility of your work. Then you add the fact that it’s Huff Post on top… I’ll probably still read, but I can’t predict better than “probably”.

    I know this move is good for you; I don’t pass moral judgement. It just isn’t good for me.

  26. #26 |  MH | 

    Well, it’s been a long ride here, but sometimes you have to make changes. Best of luck with the new site. Here’s hoping for an RSS feed and good comments section.

  27. #27 |  KR | 

    Well, good luck. I’ll keep following you on Twitter I guess. But there are a few sites I refuse to go to out of some kind of principle: Huffington Post is one, along with anything owned by Gawker. (I try to avoid Slate too but occasionally will break that one.)

    From what I have seen of your previous work at Huffington Post, it doesn’t sound like you get much reception there, which I hardly find unexpected. I’m pretty sure the commenters there have never seen a government “intervention” they didn’t like; at least while Obama has been president. If deportations, drug raids, and bombings have all increased by several times since he’s been in office, well, I’m sure he had good reasons!

    But hey if they’re willing to pay you, I’m certainly not going to take issue with your decision.

  28. #28 |  Rod Flash | 

    Yeah, I’m pretty much gone too. I didn’t comment much, but followed you pretty religiously. But I can’t handle the HuffPo crowd on a regular basis. I’ll check back in sometime and see if you get the RSS feed going. Actually, it might be nice to go through a week without the Balko kick in the nuts. Ignorance is bliss.

  29. #29 |  Radley Balko | 

    From what I have seen of your previous work at Huffington Post, it doesn’t sound like you get much reception there, which I hardly find unexpected.

    The least amount of page views one of my articles has received over there is 150K. Most was close to 2 million. Two of the four pieces I’ve written since coming back from book leave have over 1,000 comments. One has over 2,600. About every third article I write gets the top slot on the front page. This is at a site with several hundred writers and reporters.

    I’m not sure I could ask for a better reception.

  30. #30 |  JLS | 

    I thought it was a great idea when you moved over to HuffPo and I am thrilled about the book and have been looking forward to it becoming my most gived away book ever but it still feels like leaving an old apartment where you’ve had a lot of good times so don’t begrudge us being a little sentimental.

    Remember all the good times? I’ll start it off…”what Fluffy said!”

  31. #31 |  Cynical in New York | 

    It is what it is. I think it will be fun with the increased traffic and exposure you’ll get for being on one of the left’s biggest sites. Obviously the trade off is that conservatives will ratchet up their criticism that libertarians (or in their words Liberaltarians) think they’re above the law and are really secret liberal communist anarchists. (Personally I rather be viewed an anarchist than a state bootlicker) I think fellow agitators should view this as a positive (especially coming from a young (27) cynic like myself).

  32. #32 |  Endless Mike | 

    While I echo the butt-sad about losing the cozy feel of the comment section on Agitator, I think HuffPo is a great forum for your message. If you can convert partisan Democrats to the cause of individual freedom and government accountability in the same way you helped influence this (recovering) partisan Republican, the country will be better off for it.

  33. #33 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’ll take this time to thank all the wonderful, crazy, insane people who’ve been banned here over the many years. I won’t name names. You know who you are. Or, I guess you don’t, which is why…the whole crazy thing.

    I’ll see you over at HuffPo. I think enough years have gone by that I can bury the hatchet with Arianna…if she’ll just agree to return my pig (and his hat).

    PS: Go Pats!

  34. #34 |  JLS | 

    Dave Krueger should get a subsection of the new site to expose the HuffPo people to real thought.

  35. #35 |  michael gale | 

    Sorry to see this go. theagitator & waronguns are usually my 2nd cup of coffee stops in the morning. But I have little interest in dealing with Huffington post. Its not just the old rep of Arianna. Its the rest of the bunch. I guess I’m just one of your few right leaning (l)ibertarians instead of the otherside.
    I’ll just jump to Reason or Volokh now instead of stopping here.
    Instead of autoredirect, could you just put a link so that those like me can check in once in awhile to see when you have shaken the dust of that place from your shoes? Also, an autoredirect will cause us to lose the links to your list of publications not to mention the link to your photos.

  36. #36 |  JRB | 

    I’ll miss the clean design of this blog, but I’ll keep reading at the HuffPo (just changed my bookmark). Being assaulted by their mess of a site is a small price to pay to read your articles. Or maybe I’ll write a little user script to hide the mess…

  37. #37 |  Wilde Dogge | 

    Screw Mizz Huffington AND her Post! Sorry, Radley. I’ll miss ya. Won’t even get ta see if’n THIS gets posted as this bookmark will be deleted immediately upon hitting “Submit Comment” here.

  38. #38 |  marie | 

    If this will give more visibility to the issues of militarized cops, prosecutorial abuse, mandatory minimum sentencing, jury nullification…it’s a good move. Wishing you well. I’ll come visit.

  39. #39 |  Bob | 

    Just checked out the new site.


    The massive jump in exposure easily makes it worth it. Keep up the good work, Radley!

  40. #40 |  Bob | 

    My favorite is the list of most popular links on the right hand side. HuffPo certainly has their hand on the throbbing pulse of America!

  41. #41 |  En Passant | 

    First: Congratulations to Radley. I hope (and reasonably expect) you’ll get an even larger readership at HuffPo.

    #35 JRB wrote November 20th, 2012 at 11:57 am:

    I’ll miss the clean design of this blog, but I’ll keep reading at the HuffPo (just changed my bookmark). Being assaulted by their mess of a site is a small price to pay to read your articles. Or maybe I’ll write a little user script to hide the mess…
    Depending on your browser, AdBlock and
    NoScript can be useful.

  42. #42 |  old_fart | 

    Even though it’s a major pc resource drain, I’ve bookmarked it.

    But where the f*ck is the megaphone logo? It’s like KFC without the colonel!

  43. #43 |  MikeV | 

    Good luck with it, but Huffington Post has all the things that I really hate in a news web site:
    Pop-ups ads.
    Just plain annoying ads.
    Video that starts playing a commercial when you go to a page.
    Comments hidden about a a mile down the article page from the article content.
    Lots of commercial links.
    Lots of links to unrelated articles, usually stupid “news lite” stuff.
    Having to login to post a comment.
    Having comments “approved”.

  44. #44 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I think we’re all aware of the negatives that come along with the move, so I won’t rehash them (and I will take the optimistic approach–something I’m not used to doing–and assume that the increased exposure to your work will far outweigh those negatives) but I do have one small request that nobody else has touched on… Any chance they can bring your logo over to the new page? It’s too sweet to be relegated to the dustbin of history (a/k/a archive.org).

  45. #45 |  Steve | 

    Too bad Radley, I’ll really miss reading you.

  46. #46 |  DailyReaderNoMore | 

    I’m bummed to delete your bookmark here as it’s been a daily stop for years. Sorry, but I won’t give huffpo the traffic.

    Good luck to you and I hope it works out.

  47. #47 |  Dakota | 

    But will there still be dog posts???

    I’m being semi-serious, I hope it maintains the “personal” feel of a true independent blog. This is the only independent blog I’ve read consistently for 9 years…

  48. #48 |  Kent | 

    KR said- ”If deportations, drug raids, and bombings have all increased by several times since he’s been in office, well, I’m sure he had good reasons!”

    Deportations: border hawk social conservatives in the red states along our southern border begged and pleaded for more federal security (entitlement spending), they got it. These states got lots of new federally funded prisons out of the deal too. Prisons/security, go hand in hand in conservative circles. “the full weight of the government will surely change their wicked ways!”

    Drug raids: what was Romney’s take on drug raids? His social conservative brethren on the supreme court said ‘screw the 4th amendment’ in support of the drug war, home invasions and heavy handed law enforcement long ago.

    Bombings: Romney proposed more defense spending/borrowing….. and, he wasn’t calling for a halt in future bombings. He sounded about like McCain a few years ago, “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran”

  49. #49 |  otto e mezzo | 

    I’ll be there, as I have no scruples.

  50. #50 |  Hand Banana | 

    Yeah, Sorry dude, good luck and all…but I’d rather poke out my own eyes than deal with HuffPo.

  51. #51 |  overgoverned | 

    Really hate the Huffington Post, but above all I despise the comment moderation, which frequently turns mild criticism of The One into hate speech that must be blocked. I’ll read your work there, but I won’t be thrilled. It still seems like a bizarre fit.

  52. #52 |  Jim | 

    Kent, Romney isn’t the president. Obama is.

  53. #53 |  Jim | 

    If HuffPo is ‘libertarian’ then the word is really meaningless. It was fun while it lasted, thanks.

  54. #54 |  newshutz | 

    I know this move is good for you, but I will miss the comments here.

    The HuffPo comments are too full of stupid for me to bother.

  55. #55 |  Ted S. | 

    Radley paraphrased our comments thusly:

    These issues are really important, and the police state is out of control, I’ve followed your work for years, and I want to remain a loyal reader . . . but not if I have to look at too much stuff on computer screen!

    In my case, it’s more that Huffington Post brings my computer to a screeching halt. (Another thing that does is sites that use Disqus, which I hate with a passion.) Sites that are a dickens to load properly (unlike your blog here) are sites I visit less often, I’m sorry to say.

    Oh, and newest comments first is something I dislike, as it makes following a thread a pain.

  56. #56 |  Over the River | 

    While I hate change … Best wishes to your expanded reach Radley I hope the light you shine can be seen by a broader audience and their voices are added to effect change. As with others I am not crazy about the Huffington Post, but I will use the direct link to get to see you. I never set up a commenting profile on that site as by the time I get to the bottom of an article there are already several hundred comments. While I didn’t comment all that much on this site, I liked the smaller commenting community here and always broadened my views after the well-though-out comments right above my now.

  57. #57 |  Pi Guy | 

    A bigger audience means there’s an chance to influence more people to think about liberty and countering statism. Our comments can help with that mission. Let’s use this opportunity wisely.

    I hope you still do Five-Start Fridays and some Dog Blogging.

  58. #58 |  KristenS | 

    Really hate the Huffington Post, but above all I despise the comment moderation, which frequently turns mild criticism of The One into hate speech that must be blocked.

    I read many a poorly-designed web site. It’s the comment moderation at PuffHo that grinds my gears. It’s a Team Blue dogpile over there, and any dissent gets shouted down and/or outright banned.

    I like that your ideas will be exposed to a wider audience, and dog knows the PuffHo readership needs to be educated about these issues, but the semi-closed comments are ridiculous.

  59. #59 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Here’s what y’all need to remember about The Huffington Post. Greg Gutfeld parlayed a snarky, counter-that-culture blog there into a late night TV show and his choice of Kimberly Guilfoyle or Dana Perino waking up next to him every morning. I see good things, big thing, hot things ahead for Mr. Balko. Walk with mouse-swagger, sir!

  60. #60 |  Matthew | 

    Kimberly Guilfoyle looks like she used to be the proud owner of a penis, and Dana Perino looks like a slightly-less-old Nancy Pelosi. I hope Radley has better things in store for him than that!

  61. #61 |  John David Galt | 

    I’m sorry to see you go. Commenting at HuffPo always gets me shouted down by theftists, so I don’t expect to try again very often if at all.

  62. #62 |  egd | 

    In honor, support, adherence, respect, tolerance of your decision, choice, selection, option to move, relocate, alter, change your column, writing, journalist, article to the Huffington Post, magazine, website, publication, blog, I’ve decided to write this comment, response, post in a form, style, demeanor, expression more along the Huffington Post’s standards, guidelines, model, norm pattern.

    Hope you enjoy, appreciate, like your new home, house, residence!

  63. #63 |  RT | 

    “Two of the four pieces I’ve written since coming back from book leave have over 1,000 comments. One has over 2,600. ”

    Wow. Way too much signal to noise ration there.

    Just a question though. Will you have final say on comments left on your articles, or will someone else have the power to wield the banhammer?

  64. #64 |  Matthew | 

    @egd That reminds me of the episode of Friends wherein Joey writes an adoption referral with a Thesaurus. Now I think of it, that may be exactly how most of the content on Huff Post gets written.

  65. #65 |  Rob | 

    Going to Huffpo exclusively may get you a larger audience, but it will be almost entirely limited to one section of the political spectrum. That is extremely unfortunate.

  66. #66 |  egd | 


    Sadly, or perhaps not, I only resorted to the thesaurus for “standards.”

    I suspect they have an overpaid SEO consultant on speed-dial.

  67. #67 |  reggie | 

    I just hate Huffington Post’s layout so much and really loved yours. Any chance you can keep some of the font stuff from this site? The Saturday link looks weird…. maybe its just the ads and I can’t begrudge that since its how you guys make a living.

  68. #68 |  Other Sean | 

    Congratulations and farewell. I really enjoyed participating in the discussions here, even if my time as an active commenter was not long, and even if I – like so many others – cannot make the jump as anything more than an occasional lurker.

    150,000 daily page views are great for Radley, and great for his message, but they represent the end of intelligent discussion below the line. There simply aren’t 150,000 people smart enough and informed enough to keep pace with the regulars here. We’ve all cast our pearls of text before the swinish trolls of cyber-space, but I cannot bring myself to throw so much as an apostrophe into the pseudo-intellectual pig’s nest that is a HuffPo comment thread.

    Radley is doing both what he can, and what he must. Good for him, sad for some of us.

  69. #69 |  red | 

    I’ll have fun watching the huffingtonpost comenters slowly become more and more hostile towards Radley as the progressives continue the development of their 1984 style police state. Eventually he will be considered a thought criminal (Hate speech spreader) and kicked off the post altogether.

    Mark my words.

  70. #70 |  The Other Dan | 

    @Other Sean… a stellar eulogy. I will join the masses and enjoy the carnage.

  71. #71 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Regretfully adding myself to those bidding adieu to your excellent work, Radley. I know you’d be just as awesome even if you were featured on Daily Kos or NRO. But as with those two, I won’t immerse myself in the PuffHo cesspool. Sorry.

  72. #72 |  Sandhillpam | 

    It’s good to see your work getting more exposure!
    However, as a regular reader and subscriber I’m wondering what will become of all the great things in the archives of this site. Will they be maintained online?
    While I realize my subscription has been totally voluntary – yes, I could read all your work for free; but I wanted to show appreciation and support your blog. I see no similar links on the HuffPost page and I’m inclined to think that my subscription is no longer needed.
    If this move brings you a wider audience, then it’s good, but I’ll miss the feel of this site.
    Are we still Agitatortots?

  73. #73 |  Poly the Tick | 

    Sorry Radley,

    I like your stuff (most of the time) but not enough to follow you into the Huffpo cesspool.

    It’s been fun.


  74. #74 |  dd | 

    No full RSS feed at Huffingtonpost :(

    Guess I won’t be reading you anymore.

  75. #75 |  Eyewitness | 

    Whine, whine whine. No wonder so many of you could take the daily kick in the nuts, you don’t have any. Can’t handle HuffPo, what a bunch of pussies. Frankly, as long a Dave Krueger makes the trip, your absence won’t be noticed.

  76. #76 |  Personanongrata | 

    Best of luck agitator.

    I fully expect that you will succeed.

    The truth is on (y)our side.

  77. #77 |  Personanongrata | 

    Feeds are good.

  78. #78 |  Cyto | 

    Congratulations on completing the move. The first morning links over there confirms my suspicion that the small world of “the Agitator” comments section is going to change forever. I’m sorry to see our little community go – I’m not looking forward to more debates about abortion and “Bush Lied” in response to articles about rovers on Mars.

    They do have one perversely useful feature – they prominently display the number of “fans” that a commenter has. I find that the number of fans is directly proportional to the propensity of a person to write something stupidly political and “team” oriented. Now all they need to do is add a filter to the comment section so I can filter out anyone with more than 500 fans.

  79. #79 |  Kassandra | 

    All in bed at ten. I will bookmark you in your new place. Congratulations.

  80. #80 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    @#74 — “Can’t handle HuffPo, what a bunch of pussies.”

    Can’t handle is worlds apart from won’t support. Ass.

  81. #81 |  mgd | 

    I’ve really enjoyed this site and the conversations. Hopefully you can make the loss to those of us that will not be going to HuffPo pay off by converting a few current left-wing statists to the cause of individual liberty. Good luck with your future endeavors, Mr. Balko!

  82. #82 |  Charlie Potts | 

    This is a good thing. I lean left, but a lot of lefties need to hear more libertarian ideas. Huffpo will be receptive of libertarian stances on social issues, but much less so regarding government regulation and taxation. Good luck!

  83. #83 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Good luck at the new venue. I will pop in, but I noticed the name “Dave Krueger” is already taken. I will have to come up with a clever alias.

    The Agitator is one of the very very few sites I have regularly kept up with over the last few years. No matter how they start out, most successful independent websites seem to eventually morph into an IV advertising feed and then into just another branch office of the mainstream media.

    The Agitator’s success as an independent blog is a reflection of the character and integrity of the man who runs it and much of the heightened awareness of police misconduct can be attributed directly to the persistent message delivered from this site.

  84. #84 |  JSL | 

    Best of luck Radley. Perhaps I’ll read here and there if someone links to it but meh, I won’t seek out your column. I think you’re wasting your time there on Huff n’ puff.

  85. #85 |  Jack | 

    We have a cool group of folks here. I’d hate to see it dissolve/get swallowed up in the big pond that is Huffpo.

    So…what would it take for us to start an “Agitatortots” fan blog will all the good things mentioned above: simple layout, high s/n ratio, dog blogging… Maybe Radley will even let us use the megaphone logo if we ask nice.

  86. #86 |  Danny | 

    Will your archive of old stories still exist after the move?

  87. #87 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    #85: It wouldn’t be terribly difficult. I’m thinking of doing something. Sort of a discussion group. The biggest problem with HuffPost is the comment moderation. Makes it impossible to spark a conversation when a comment you post sits in limbo for at least hours. Not that the comments here are always top notch. But, if there’s a post here with 50 comments, there are always going to be 5 or 6 worth the effort of wading through the inanity. And that’s not to say that I haven’t posted mostly inane comments either.

    Maybe Radley’s stuff just needs forwarding now, on Facebook and Twitter, rather than discussion. For good wild discussions, this blog was a great place. The Reason blog threads are pretty good too. Right now, I can’t imagine how the HuffPost comments will ever be really worth participating in.

  88. #88 |  Roberta X | 

    Good luck, Radley, and gooodbye. Look up “co-opted” when the Huffies lay off the love-buzzing.

  89. #89 |  Other Sean | 

    Despite my promise not to, I went over and read the latest piece along with its comments. What a mistake! I gotta remember: hot stove burns…never get out of the boat…stupid comments hurt brain…must read main article only.

  90. #90 |  jb | 

    “One of the most important things to do is…We also need to get rid of… And one last thing we can do is …it would behoove us to…” – Such is the drivel of the HuffPo comment section.

    This blog is much bigger than you Radley. I come to this blog as much for the comments of your intelligent readers as I come for your excellent posts. The comments of your readers here may very well crack you up, but they reveal more than peevish obstinance, they reveal the real concern and dismay that the community that is this blog site is to be no more.


  91. #91 |  John David Galt | 

    #69 is right. Either HuffPo will run him out on a rail, or they’ll start limiting what he’s allowed to say.

    If I were Radley I’d keep this as a place to run back to after either happens.

  92. #92 |  Verbum Vincet | 

    LMFAO at #99! I thought you were making that up, or at least referring to an amalgamation of posts, but no – all in one hilarious single post…It would behoove us, indeed, or something…

    Anyway, I gave the new, improved HuffPo Agitator a try, and I’m sold. No, I don’t like the advertisement-laden layout of HuffPo, or the inane commentary of most of its readers. Yes, HuffPo as a whole is largely asinine, but Radley’s reporting retains the swift punch-to-the-nuts that I need to get me moving in the morning. And we get to keep the loudspeaker logo!

  93. #93 |  marie | 

    Disqus? Damn. Blocked here at work so I won’t be able to play along.

  94. #94 |  Burgers Allday | 

    wouldn’t let me comment at new place. who is moderating there?

  95. #95 |  Linda | 

    I can’t comment on the Huffington Post either, I do not know why? Will keep trying. But for now will say, glad to see the familar logo has moved with you. Loved your article on the dog training for Arlington and Fort Worth. The Colorado Puppycide is infuriating. Makes my blood boil.

  96. #96 |  Linda | 

    I can’t comment on the Huffington Post either, I do not know why? Will keep trying. But for now will say, glad to see the familar logo has moved with you. Loved your article on the dog training for Arlington and Fort Worth. The Colorado Puppycide is infuriating. Makes my blood boil.

  97. #97 |  OBTC | 

    I too, am disappointed to see this website end. I been reading Radley for approximately 5-6 years but it’s been a long time since I posted a comment on The Agitator.

    However, I will still continue to read him at HuffPo.

    Love Radley. Hate (most) Change.

  98. #98 |  Delta | 

    There is a certain irony in libertarians bemoaning the fact that economic incentives have caused the end of their niche community. (Free market solves all problems and all that.)

    Anyway, continued best wishes on the police reporting, it’s truly and deeply needed.

  99. #99 |  Burgers Allday | 

    yup, it is really not letting me comment over there. no explanation, but comment never shows up.

  100. #100 |  Bob | 

    On a completely different topic… As you all will no doubt recall, Radley mentioned the movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” by linking the trailer to it.

    I just saw it! I rented in from Netflix. It’s TOTALLY BAD ASS!

    BAD ASS, I say!

  101. #101 |  Bob | 

    #98: Delta

    There is a certain irony in libertarians bemoaning the fact that economic incentives have caused the end of their niche community. (Free market solves all problems and all that.)

    To be fair: the market doesn’t solve ALL problems… just produces the most effective means to solve most of them at the lowest cost.

    If what you perceive as ‘your problem’ is an outlier… well then you’re sorta hosed if you think the market will solve it.

    As such, I’ll miss the community here, but the bigger issue of getting Radley’s message out trumps that.

  102. #102 |  liberranter | 

    I join others here in wishing you the best of luck over at the HuffPo. Do be cautious, however. While I don’t claim to be familiar with the circumstances under which you were led to the HuffPo, as others have pointed out here, it is not a site that welcomes dissenting commentary. Given that your views are pretty much diametrically opposed to the majority who contribute there, that could make you a target. It will be interesting to see whether or not the “comment moderation” regime is modified once you join the regular staff.

    Bottom line: I sincerely hope that this isn’t an attempt to co-opt or neutralize your voice.

  103. #103 |  Boyd Durkin | 


    There is a certain irony in libertarians bemoaning the fact that economic incentives have caused the end of their niche community. (Free market solves all problems and all that.)

    LOL@Delta. You support a system that is murdering brown babies with your bombs and you focus on misrepresenting the free market failing because RB got very successful. Typical. Silly. Violent. Liberal.

    Now, some of you might notice that this is an unfair characterization on my part, which it is. But, I’m guessing Delta won’t read this far down. Besides, no supporter ever said “Free Markets Solve Everything!” So he was unfair first. I mean farts at the opera are a problem, but free markets don’t pretend to solve those.

  104. #104 |  b | 

    mr. balko, i generally agreed with your positions, read your blog, admired your writing/curation, and i wish you well. i am dismayed to see that you have surrendered your independent agitator horn to become one of arianna huffington’s court eunuchs.

  105. #105 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I like the old Agitator better than the new Huffpo Agitator. I could completely do without all the social networking crap over there.

  106. #106 |  Dave Krueger | 

    And, at what point do they start to trust you enough to post your comments immediately without having to wait several hours for a moderator to do a politeness assessment (after everyone has stopped reading comments and moved on to the next story)?

  107. #107 |  Dave Krueger | 


    Apparently sarcasm violates their congeniality rules.

    Good luck in the new venue, but it’s not my kind of place.


  108. #108 |  Psion | 

    Yep. Not only is the comment system over there whack-o, but the article categories Radley used here are now compromised. This site used to be an invaluable research archive for documenting ongoing police excesses (among other things), but since new content is appearing over there without any duplication over here, the categories lose functionality with every new Huff post.

    I wish Balko well, but I find myself visiting his new host less and less each week. This association with HuffPo somehow reminds me of the Internet maxim, “Never stick your dick in crazy.”

  109. #109 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Sorry, Radley, I also will not be following you to Huffpo.

    Thanks for the great work you’ve done and I wish you much success in the future. Keep fighting the good fight.

  110. #110 |  Brian | 

    I’m sure I’ll still read the articles but the comment section has been completely decimated by moderation. Topics that would have engendered a lively discussion here have led to nothing over there as it is close to impossible to have any kind of the usual back-and-forth debate while comments await approval. Making comments wait for a moderators arbitrary approval is so absurdly backwards and insulting to one’s readers (not that I blame Radley, but he should know what their policy is doing to undermine what was a great feature of his otherwise wonderful blog).

  111. #111 |  Other Sean | 

    I have checked this thread more often than I have checked the new site. Pathetic as it sounds, I’ve been half hoping but not at all expecting to see a post from Radley saying “Fuck you, HuffPo, I’m going home.”

    We all knew things would happen this way, but man, it sucks to be right.

  112. #112 |  Angie | 

    Other Sean, funny, same here (especially since I refuse to visit the other site – not a Huff fan). Ah well. All good things must come to an end eventually.

  113. #113 |  Andrew S. | 

    Yeah, Other Sean. I haven’t commented on the HuffPo. It’s just too much of what I feared it would be. Like the Arkansas Police State article. Just so many “Stupid Republicans!” comments. It’s frustrating.

  114. #114 |  Zeb | 

    Damn. I had thought you gave up on the moving the blog to Huff Po idea.

    Well, good luck and all, but I don’t see why you couldn’t just maintain this site. Huff Po comments are pointless. Half of the commenters are absolute bigots who will never listen to anyone who disagrees and there are just too many to have a reasonable discussion. So, good for you, but BOO on closing theagitator.com.

  115. #115 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Not sure if anybody’s actually reading these comments at this point, but after a couple weeks of the “new” Agitator, I’ll throw out my two cents… First, if you turned to the Agitator for information, I don’t understand why you’d stop following it now. The window dressing may be different (and the updates less frequent) but it’s still Radley doing what he does best. That being said, the comments situation may have actually turned out worse than I anticipated. It takes several hours for a comment to be approved, which pretty much stifles any kind of conversation (something that I really enjoyed on this site). On top of that, the one comment I made that was somewhat critical of the general HuffPo readership (though phrased entirely respectfully) didn’t even get approved. I think we need somebody to set up a shadow comment site where we can continue our discussions uncensored and in real-time.

  116. #116 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #115 ClubMedSux

    I think we need somebody to set up a shadow comment site where we can continue our discussions uncensored and in real-time.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a shadow site, but I am in the process of setting up a wordpress blog specifically to have a place to offer (or vent, as the case may be) my libertarian perspective. My intent is to link to and write about news stories and blog postings (like theagitator) without the censorial mediation. To me, telling someone they can’t be impolite, “offensive”, or use profanity would be about the same as telling an artist not to use certain colors of paint, but there will, of course, be limits (just as there always are) since I’m providing the canvas.

    Hopefully it will attract a few regulars. I don’t have the time to generate a lot of content, so the idea of posting a link to start a discussion is attractive.

    I just cleaned out the old crap and installed wordpress last night: Reality Thinking

    I hope this doesn’t violate your comment policies, Radley. If it does, I understand. My feelings won’t be hurt of you decide to delete this comment.

  117. #117 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Damn block quote thingies.

  118. #118 |  jb | 

    Dave K. How can you expect to run a comment site if you can’t even get block quote thingies right?

  119. #119 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #118 jb

    Dave K. How can you expect to run a comment site if you can’t even get block quote thingies right?

    Because, when you own the site, you have editing privileges, so you can fix all your screw-ups. So, when you think about it, owning a site is actually easier than being a visitor because mistakes are fixable.

  120. #120 |  Andrew S. | 

    I like the idea of a shadow commenting site.

    I still read the stories but I don’t even look at the comments any longer.

  121. #121 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Ok, Although my site was not created to be a “shadow site” for The Agitator, I will link to Agitator posts on HuffPo and people can comment on my site.


    If nothing else, maybe HuffPo will relax their comment screening requirements.

  122. #122 |  Psion | 

    You’re my hero, Dave Kruegar.



  123. #123 |  mme6546 | 

    I <3 Dave Kruegar. an for the record….Huff comments have always been more "look at the crazy" entertaining then informative, but they went WAY downhill when AOHell bought it. AOL CDN as a script is the major suckage, so if you avoid allowing that, its bearable, but then you cannot comment, soooooo……yea. I'll read anything, any where.

  124. #124 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I noticed that Glenn Greenwald’s article about accountability for prosecutorial abuse on the Guardian has garnered 346 comments so far, while Radley’s equally good article on the same topic (The Power of the Prosecutor) has only attracted 13 comments on the HuffPo. Both were published today.

    It’s inevitable that the HuffPo will eventually change. The only question is how long it will take for them to learn to respect their readers enough to understand that they too have something to say. I have the feeling it will take a while because I’d be willing to bet the policy was formulated by junior executive who never debated on a political forum in his life.

  125. #125 |  anne | 

    I am really sad that Radley moved and I won’t get to read comments by folks like Dave K and Other Sean anymore. I have read this blog for about ten years now and though I check in at HuffPo it just isn’t the same. It looks like they have no comment section at all anymore. Sadness.

  126. #126 |  anne | 

    I am really sad that Radley moved but I am glad he’s no doubt making better money and reaching a larger audience. Go get’em fella!

  127. #127 |  Greg | 

    So huff po bought the agitator but don’t even redirect the domain or anything? If huff po isn’t even using the domain why can’t radley still make personal posts? I don’t have an issue with balko posting at huff po but the whole setup is just very strange. It doesn’t apper the agitator actually moved to huff po- just that huff po gave the author of the agitator a column there and then forbade him from also having a personal blog. It all seems odd, especially considering huff po’a business model an reputation as a mill of SEO content. I’d figure they would have at least wrapped the domain name up in the deal and have it pointing there. That said, if that does happen make sure THIS blog does not cease to exist. At least get a new domain or throw it up on a free bloghost.

  128. #128 |  SamK | 

    I wouldn’t mind using this last column to chat about current issues and see if he eventually chimed in.

  129. #129 |  Psion | 

    I have a sinking feeling that HuffPo’s deal with Radley is a bit like Microsoft’s famous “embrace and extend” philosophy … giving Mr. Balko a sweet deal that ultimately was only intended to silence him.

    But then I’m just a whacky conspiracy nut.

  130. #130 |  Justthisguy | 

    Concur with Roberta X. Damn, Bobbi, we keep running into each other in spite of our best efforts to the contrary!

  131. #131 |  Other Sean | 

    Just thought I might drop in to say: I miss you guys. Why I haven’t removed this site from my bookmarks bar is something of a mystery.

    Neither my browser nor my stomach can tolerate HuffPo even for a few minutes, and despite myself, I keep checking back here to see if…maybe…there might be a chance that…

  132. #132 |  M.A.DeLuca | 

    Come home, Radley … we’ve left a candle burning in the window.

  133. #133 |  SamK | 
  134. #134 |  AlgerHiss | 

    That Huffington site is such a bastion of leftist, progressive ideological feces. Rarely I visit as I must take a shower after wading through the bile.

    Jesus, I really hate leftism, and the leftists that practice leftism.

    If you are a leftist, then please, do all of humanity a favor and follow the suggestion from the theme song of the movie M.A.S.H.

  135. #135 |  Anti Federalist | 

    Never has “Casting pearls before swine” been more apt than the last few months of Balko at Puff-Ho.

    Come home Radley, that place is poison.

  136. #136 |  mme6546 | 

    I miss the daily links. :( these days its just “raid of the day”. no comments, nuthin. anybody else got a good daily blog site?

  137. #137 |  Warren | 

    Your posting frequency is way down. Are you working on something big?

  138. #138 |  Jay | 

    I am wondering why he’s stopped covering bad cops.

    Yesterday, cops arrest man for videoing large police operation. Apparently they ordered him to turn down his stereo, which he did not do. He was walking his rottie, and put the dog in the car when two white cops confronted him, and arrested him. The dog jumped out of the open car window and was promptly shot to death. The death was slow and hard to watch.

    You’ve been warned.

  139. #139 |  Tom | 

    So I didn’t start following Balko on HuffPost mainly b/c the RSS feeds didn’t work. Now almost 9 months later while cleaning out my bookmarks, I checked and they did. So I added the feed to my morning list I check.

    I read one of his posts (seemed about as good as ever), then into the comment section. OMG. The thing I liked the best was the intelligent discussion in the comments. Over there seems like there’s a lot more comments and a lot less intelligence. I’ll take quality over quantity.

    Like a lot of the comments here, I’m not sure I’m going to stay over there. I haven’t tried making a comment yet, but if it takes hours to get it approved there isn’t any point.

  140. #140 |  Justin | 

    Can you move this post back to the top of your blog? It’s how I find where you’ve when I’m looking to see what you’ve been writing.

  141. #141 |  Psion | 

    I’ll second Justin’s request.

  142. #142 |  M.A.DeLuca | 

    No updates in over a month at his Huffington Post page. Is everything okay in Balkoville?

  143. #143 |  pegr | 

    Try The Washington Post. Yeah, it’s kinda strange he didn’t announce it, at least nowhere I looked. Maybe he has some kind of agreement with HuffPo that doesn’t let him say where he is now? Anyway,