Random Morning Links

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  • Obama promises 600,000 new federal employees.
  • Amtrak police arrest man who says he was taking pictures for an Amtrak photo contest.
  • Indiana Court of Appeals strikes down Internet sex sting convictions, finds that in order to be guilty of attempted sex with a minor, the victim must be an actual minor, not an undercover police officer. A solicitation charge against the man will stand.
  • Connecticut judge drives drunk, drifts out of lane while in a construction zone, hits a parked police car, and unleashes barrage of racial insults shortly after the accident. Her sentence? An alcohol education program. The charge will be erased if she stays clean for a year.
  • Not particularly interesting: Former Ft. Lauderdale city commissioner has his bike stolen. Interesting-er: While in office, commissioner created mandatory bike registration system, on the theory that forcing city residents to register bikes would deter theft. Interesting-est: When reporting the theft, the former commissioner had to admit to police that he hadn't registered his own bike, violating his own regulation.
  • Burglars dressed as cops invade home in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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  1. Why does Amtrak have police? I need to ponder that on the tree of woe.

  2. business as usual

  3. Warty,

    If all transportation were public we could have more police in more places. Might require more than 600,000 new Federal employees for that, but it would be for the greater good.

  4. If you do the math: 20 percent of three million means 600,000 new government employees

    Aw, now, it isn’t fair to confront “Change!” with silly things like facts. What was Tapper thinking?

  5. Obamanation: Why don’t we make every adult citizen a federal employee? That would help alleviate the social security mess.

    Burglars dressed as cops: Been wondering why this doesn’t happen more often. If the cops succeeded in shooting enough pets and people in their unannounced, forced entries, wouldn’t it pay great dividends to burglars to pretend to be cops?

  6. PL,

    If we had more cops on the street your second example would not be so easy to get away with.

  7. Burglars dressed as cops invade home in DeKalb County, Georgia.

    I hear that larceny is the new professionalism.

  8. in order to be guilty of attempted sex with a minor, the victim must be an actual minor, not an undercover police officer.

    I’ve always wondered about that. Why couldn’t you just say you didn’t believe your internet paramour when she claimed to be 16, and assumed it was all part of teh sexay?

  9. But, on the other hand, if they were to make it illegal to have sex with police officers, I’d be all for that.

  10. And despite that no-knock burglary by criminals pretending to be cops, the next time some groggy guy fails to put his hands up quickly enough during a 2am no-knock raid on the wrong address, the cops will insist that he should have known they were cops.

  11. Wait, Dekalb County?

    Are they sure they weren’t actual cops?

  12. Connecticut judge drives drunk, drifts out of lane while in a construction zone, hits a parked police car, and unleashes barrage of racial insults shortly after the accident.

    Was it Amy Gray*?

    * I’d just like to note for the record that I would never watch that piece of shit show.

  13. In a lot of these raids-gone-bad stories, you hear claims from the police that they shouted “Police” at some point during the raid. I find that claim highly dubious. They may say that as they’re standing over your prostrated form or as they are emptying their weapons in your general direction, but earlier than that? Probably not. And, of course, even if they did, does that mean you should disarm and “assume the position” just because someone you can’t see claims to be a cop?

  14. “Her sentence? An alcohol education program. The charge will be erased if she stays clean for a year.”

    Did she get to be the judge in her own case? Because that would be TEH AWESOME!

  15. Actually, PL, back in the early 90s cops in Central Fla did some rethinking on no-knock raids.

    A couple of home invasions involving perps claiming to be cops was part of it. The shooting of a Titusville cop in one (the homeowner was aquitted) was another.

    And finally, it almost seemed like they were feeling bad about the number of innocent “civilians” they were shooting.

    Alas, it was too good to be true. Things were back to normal (read “fucked-up”) within a few weeks.

  16. I miss Neil, he was so much more fun than the new leftitty.

    CT judge – can’t wait till she tries her next DWI where the driver calls the cop a nigger or a pig or something.

  17. “in order to be guilty of attempted sex with a minor, the victim must be an actual minor, not an undercover police officer. ”

    I can’t wait until the police start using minors to comply with the new interpretation – then get themselves busted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  18. The judge allegedly said that she was suffering from “Negro-itis”. She is also alleged to have called the state trooper at the scene “Negro Washington”.

    Who, in their right and rational mind would assert that the judge “unleashed a barrage of racial insults”?

  19. But, on the other hand, if they were to make it illegal to have sex with police officers, I’d be all for that.

    Don’t worry. After this ruling, the Indiana legislature is scrambling to rewrite the law. With any luck, the dog’s breakfast of law that gets passed with actually outlaw sex with police.

  20. joe | January 5, 2009, 10:52am | #
    Wait, Dekalb County?

    Are they sure they weren’t actual cops?

    As a DeKalb county resident I can say “good question”.

  21. Some “tips” from from neighboring Gwinnett County authorities:

    In the meantime, police are warning the public about impersonators to help deter further incidents. Real police officers rarely wear hats or shirts printed with just the generic word “police,” Spellman said. Those articles of clothing can be purchased in many stores.

    Civilians should look instead for the full name of the police agency or department on officers’ clothing and badges, such as Gwinnett County Police Department, she said.

    Police do use unmarked vehicles and wear plain clothes at times, but “usually we’re going to announce ourselves and allow someone to come to the door before we’re going to breach a doorway,” Spellman said.

    Emphasis on “usually” as in not last December in Gwinnett during a “wrong house” raid.

  22. Do the Amtrak police ever administer breathalyzer tests to the train drivers?

  23. Probably not; they’re not weaving in and out of traffic like Greyhound drivers.

    Do Greyhound drivers get subjected to breathalyzers?

  24. By the way- I’m deeply disappointed at your failure to include GHWB’s endorsement of Number Two Son as Presidential timber.

    Who could possibly object?

  25. I think Jeb Bush would’ve been okay as president, but there’s no way that I’m voting for another Bush now. Not unless Mr. Hilter of Minehead receives the Democratic nomination, anyway.

  26. Historische Taunton ist Volkermeinig von Meinhead!

  27. Well, historically, Taunton is a part of Minehead already.

  28. The victim told investigators that the suspects flashed badges and claimed to be “special agents” when they entered the home in the 3900 block of Day Trail North and immediately demanded money, DeKalb police spokeswoman Bettina Durant said.

    Up to this point they could have been actual police. But when they didn’t kill his dog, he got suspicious.

  29. Connecticut judge drives drunk
    Nothing happens
    sputter…fume…outrage

    You know, we’ll have the fake/real/indeterminate cops in DeKalb as long as we have 2 standards:
    legal system for Law associated (aka 4 legs good)
    and legal system for non-law associated (2 legs bad)

  30. Pro Libertate – Yeah, I didn’t like the sound of those ‘boncentration bamps’.

  31. He’s right you know!

  32. Jeb’s role in the Schiavo melodrama is enough for me to want him excluded from any position of power higher than dogcatcher.

  33. Schiavo was a black mark, agreed, but he was a good governor, otherwise. Surprisingly.

  34. PL,

    Can’t you people stop with your racist tinted language?

  35. Obama promises 600,000 new federal employees.

    Actually he promiszed up to 600,000 new federal employees. This means the final # will be 900,000 ? 50K. The useless fucks in Americorps are getting a surge.

    Amtrak police arrest man who says he was taking pictures for an Amtrak photo contest.

    He’s guilty until proven innocent. Don’t you know terrorists sometimes use cameras? Forks and spoons too, you can’t be too careful.

    Indiana Court of Appeals strikes down Internet sex sting convictions, finds that in order to be guilty of attempted sex with a minor, the victim must be an actual minor, not an undercover police officer. A solicitation charge against the man will stand.

    These witch hunting buffoons have been playing with entrapment for years. Good on the Indiana COA.

    Connecticut judge drives drunk, drifts out of lane while in a construction zone, hits a parked police car, and unleashes barrage of racial insults shortly after the accident. Her sentence? An alcohol education program. The charge will be erased if she stays clean for a year.

    Equality under the law my ass.

    Not particularly interesting: Former Ft. Lauderdale city commissioner has his bike stolen. Interesting-er: While in office, commissioner created mandatory bike registration system, on the theory that forcing city residents to register bikes would deter theft. Interesting-est: When reporting the theft, the former commissioner had to admit to police that he hadn’t registered his own bike, violating his own regulation.

    Not as good as the Detroit Chief of Police trying to take an unregistered handgu8n on an airplane, but it’s to be expected.

    Burglars dressed as cops invade home in DeKalb County, Georgia.

    It’s getting hard to believe what the people breaking down your door in the middle of the night are shouting nowadays, isn’t it?

  36. We are crazy evil, aren’t we? Why just the other day, Viking Moose threw off his tophat and thrashed a young man because he didn’t like the color of his skin.

  37. Obama promises 600,000 new federal employees.

    As the government buys up businesses, private employees become federal employees.

  38. Schiavo was a black mark, agreed, but he was a good governor, otherwise. Surprisingly.

    GWBush was a decent governor too, and…yeah.

  39. RR,

    Everybody should contribute to the greater good through government.

  40. The Hit & Run Guide To Spoof Posting

    Rule 1
    Create a generic screen name or risk a quick outing. Posting as a portmanteau of two other known spoof posters is never a good idea.

    Rule 2
    Proportionality of spoofing. Never post anything that the party you are spoofing wouldn’t be able to say with a straight face.

    Rule 3
    Constant spoofing is best leavened with the occasional rational post in order to throw other commenters off the scent.

    Lurkerbold: D+ And a recommendation for remedial troll training.

  41. SF,

    Go back to your countryclub decorated with lawn jockeys and drink the blood of your victims.

  42. Seriously, dude… you keep this up you’re going to have to spend all summer in those trailers out by the football practice field.

  43. in order to be guilty of attempted sex with a minor, the victim must be an actual minor, not an undercover police officer.

    “I’m not a pedophile, Your Honor, I just have a fetish for undercover cops.”

    There’s also Penn Jillette’s take on this: These sting operations may be enticing people who otherwise would never have done anything, because adults posing as teenagers online are capable of more interesting conversations than actual teenagers, and so may inadvertently be more appealing.

    And the obvious next step:
    “Wanted: 12-14 year old girl to engage in hot, flirtatious chats with online perverts. Apply in person at the Xenia Police Department.”

  44. “Attempted sex with a minor? Really, what kind of crime is that? Do they give out Nobel prizes for ‘Attempted Chemistry’?”

  45. …you keep this up you’re going to have to spend all summer in those trailers out by the football practice field.

    Troll mini-camp. Especially important for those trolls who are likely to get cut before the first pre-season thread.

  46. If only we could blend the undercover minor sex sting case and the Dymond Milburn story.

  47. BP,

    Actually, at my high school that’s where they housed the violent “learning disabled” kids until they “graduated” to adult crimes.

    Like the kid who was arrested with 25,000 hits of LSD.

  48. 25,000? Sounds like he was going to have a good weekend.

  49. 25,000 hits? I don’t know SF, sounds like it could have been fun out there…

  50. TAO! Damn it!

  51. Does anyone else remember when the obvious undercover cop tried to sting the H&R threads?

    From memory:

    “Michael

    hotstexyteen@comcast.net

    I may only be a 15 year old boy with a completely hairless body, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn about libertarianism from someone older and more knowledgeable.”

  52. TAO and BP,

    It was about two years after he graduated. He had five uncut sheets of blotter paper wrapped in aluminum foil and stuck up in his dashboard. He was making a resupply run from Indianapolis that would have been distributed all over Western Kentucky. It was a federal arrest and they initially charged him with 25,000 felonies.

    The guy who gave him up was under arrest for using a $20 bill on fishing line to rob post office stamp machines for over $2,500. He stole over 10,000 quarters in a little less than a year.

    The best part of the story: The LSD runner was an albino. (Seriously, went to 7-12 with him.)

  53. SF – albino? He should have become an assassin for Opus Dei, then.

  54. He was the first kid ever to come to school with a mohawk and I’ve never been able to wipe the sight of his hideous pink scalp out of my mind. His bother had pectus carinatum (pigeon chest), so the whole family was probably Hills Have Eyes style mutants.

  55. You know, you’re not doing much to dispel some of the uglier uh… ideas people have about Kentucky.

  56. Just how it is dude… and this is Western Kentucky, the civilized side of the state.

  57. Actually, I shouldn’t talk. In my school days, I knew both an albino and a guy with pectus excavatum, here in Orlando.

    Considering who I hung around with back then, I probably also knew someone who – at one time – had 25,000 hits of LSD. If I did, they never chose to share that info with me, though.

  58. I got into a fist fight with my albino. What about you, tuff gai? Beat up any mutants?

    (On a purely self-defense related note: Punching someone in the top of the head repeatedly is not an effective hand-to-hand technique.)

  59. I got into a fist fight with my albino.

    That’s a new one. I’m still using “flogging the dolphin.”

  60. Mine always turns purple before it throws up.

  61. About that judge.
    What a bitch. what a bitch of a criminal justice system.

    I have a friend that was wrongfully convicted:
    http://www.helpbrianstraub.com/

    I guess real justice is hard to find when judges are hooking eachother up.

  62. “””Jeb’s role in the Schiavo melodrama is enough for me to want him excluded from any position of power higher than dogcatcher.”””

    Ditto.

    I always joke about Jeb’s would be campaign slogan. Vote for me, I’m the smart one.

  63. When photographs/cameras are banned, only the criminals and government will have cameras.

    (aside) why do

  64. * screwed up the code at 6:25 – here’s what I intended…

    When photographs/cameras are banned, only the criminals and government will have cameras.

    (aside) why do cops stand around with their arms crossed? Is it to look even more threatening?

  65. What about you, tuff gai? Beat up any mutants?

    I almost got it a fight with a friend of Mr. Chest Cave once at a party. Probably a good thing I didn’t – he would have kicked my ass.

    I could have taken the albino, though.

  66. …unleashes barrage of racial insults shortly after the accident.

    I wonder, can an African-American women who calls an African-American state policeman “Negro Washington” and uses the “n” word, truly be said to have “unleashe[d a] barrage of racial insults”?

    There’s plenty to criticize in this seemingly preferential treatment but to describe inappropriately familiar language as “racist” seems…well…silly.

  67. Pectus excavatum is sometimes referred to as cobbler’s chest, sunken chest, funnel chest or simply a dent in the chest.

  68. @ isaac: it’s the content of the speech, not the identity of the speaker, that makes something racist

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