Taping Cops Gains Support, NJ Considers Decriminalizing Dope, Greeks Maneuver For Next Election: P.M. Links

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  • As I consider the future of my political career, what I really meant was …

    Feel like you've been chatting on a party line? It may be for good reason. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in an ACLU challenge to warrantless wiretaps of international phone calls and emails. The justices will decide whether the plaintiffs have standing to sue.

  • After slamming as "nauseating" the Obama campaign's attack on private equity firms (as well as Mitt Romney's attack ads), Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker, a rising star in the Democratic Party, is carefully trying to reframe his criticisms.
  • Dharun Ravi, who used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate who then killed himself amidst the resulting embarrassing exposure, was sentenced to 30 days in jail plus three years probation.
  • Courts are increasingly pushing back against efforts to ban recording police while they perform their official duties, and even the U.S. Department of Justice is backing the right of individuals to tape cops.
  • With reports surfacing that Greece has been threatened with expulsion from the eurozone, the conservative New Democracy party and the small, free-market Democratic Alliance are joining forces in an effort to outmaneuver surging socialists.
  • The New Jersey Assembly's judiciary committee gave thumbs-up to a bill that would decriminalize possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana, so that those found in possession would face only relatively small fines.
  • NATO summit protesters allege they were mistreated by police after their arrest during a raid staged before the gathering. "For 18 hours, we were handcuffed to a bench and our legs were shackled together. Some of our cries for the bathroom were either ignored or met with silence."

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  1. First?

  2. …Mayor Cory Booker, a rising star in the Democratic Party, is carefully trying to reframe his criticisms.

    Meh. In a year Obama will be a Carter-like pariah with the Dems anyway.

    1. Yeah, but until then he’s the kind of swell guy who will make you pay for undercutting him in any way.

      “You don’t hold elected office in this town. You run it because people think you do. They stop thinking it…you stop running it.”

    2. How long until Team Blue sycophants abandon Obama and start sucking Hillary’s cock?

      1. Well she does have a bigger one.

    3. The important thing is that Booker is back on the plantation, pickin’ that DNC cotton. The only question is whether he’ll be hobbled so he don’t run off agin’.

  3. “The New Jersey Assembly’s judiciary committee gave thumbs-up to a bill that would decriminalize possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana, so that those found in possession would face only relatively small fines.”

    And, of course, federal prison.

    1. But Federal Prison is much nicer than the state ones.

    2. Is New Jersey in play? If so, the feds may let Jersey citizens get away with this. If the state is in the bag for Team Blue like California is, they will go about their business of throwing the book at anybody with a bit of weed.

      Is California the Tina Turner to Team Blue’s Ike?

      1. No. Obama won by 600k votes in 2008.

  4. $22,500 is the exact right amount for downloading a song.

    A federal judge called that unconstitutionally excessive, but the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the penalty at the request of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Brothers Records Inc. and other record labels represented by the RIAA.

    1. You know, by that reckoning, we should get rid of petty theft charges. All theft should be a felony, because the number of people caught shoplifting compared to the number actually doing it is so low.

  5. It should be more clear in prohibiting the deletion or destruction of recordings “under any circumstances,” Smith wrote, and it does not define what constitutes the “public domain” where recordings can take place.

    And here I thought destruction of private property (and evidence) would already be a – oh I don’t know – crime. Maybe? Just a little?

  6. “For 18 hours, we were handcuffed to a bench and our legs were shackled together. Some of our cries for the bathroom were either ignored or met with silence.”

    Just be happy you weren’t sodomized.

    1. I would have more sympathy for them if I didn’t think they would do much worse to me if they had the power.

  7. Baby born in waiting room dies.

    There are a couple things to note here:

    Bad copy editing
    When two midwives did come to assist, the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.

    A sense of entitlement
    “It’s affected the children in a big way. What can you say? They’ve let us down. I actually believe they neglected us — they didn’t give us the care we deserve and that’s purely it.”

    And an official non-apology
    Leicester Royal Infirmary has admitted that mistakes were made.

    1. How is expecting a hospital to treat you as you are giving birth a “sense of entitlement”. Since when is expecting people to do their damned jobs being entitled?

      1. Since the NHS was formed?

      2. they didn’t give us the care we deserve and that’s purely it.

        Are you kidding? Read this sentence again but slower.

        1. Are kidding? Yeah, I think when I show up in an emergency room with my wife in labor, I deserve better care than being left in the waiting room to die.

          These people pay taxes. And they are trapped in that fucking nightmare of a system. Yeah, the system owes them a hell of better than that. If they don’t deserve decent care what praytell do they deserve beyond “fuck you that is why”? Are you fucking crazy.

          1. How much would you be willing to bet that these people are perfectly happy with the way the NHS works except when something goes wrong for them? How many other patients do you suppose were also out there in the waiting room? The baby was born with the umbilical cord around its neck, do you think it’s purely the hospital’s fault that it died?

            1. How much would you be willing to bet that these people are perfectly happy with the way the NHS works except when something goes wrong for them?

              yes people generally like something until it fucks them. So what? And I don’t care if these people are outright communists. The hospital owed them a duty of care. And yes, by walking in that hospital they deserved decent care.

              How many other patients do you suppose were also out there in the waiting room?

              None that resulted in a dead child. Part of being a hospital is doing treage and figuring out who needs care first. They clearly failed in that.,

              The baby was born with the umbilical cord around its neck, do you think it’s purely the hospital’s fault that it died?

              Not being a GYN, I couldn’t tell you. But I think GYNs do something during a delivery. And not every kid born that way dies I don’t think.

              1. Not being a GYN, I couldn’t tell you. But I think GYNs do something during a delivery. And not every kid born that way dies I don’t think.

                Not an OB/GYN, but I have delivered a baby or two in my career. This could have been easily averted in two ways:

                1) Ultrasound to determine a complicated birth.

                2) A simple technique called Leopoldt’s Maneuver to determine the position of the baby.

                How this is rectified is, quite simply, shoving a hand in the uterus and physically removing the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck, something a trained midwife can do with little problem, and would have been very easy to correct in Labor and Delivery.

                However, what we don’t know is the HS of the mother, and whether or not she had prenatal care, and more important to me, followed her doctor’s orders.

                If she did neither, then under the NHS system, she’s got a problem. In the US, she would have been diverted from triage and went straight to Labour and Delivery, under EMTALA.

                1. And Groovus, how is going to a publicly funded hospital and getting the treatment to the level of a competent midwife being “entitled”?

                  1. And Groovus, how is going to a publicly funded hospital and getting the treatment to the level of a competent midwife being “entitled”?

                    Simple, they had to wait. How many other deliveries were currently being addressed? Where was her obstetrician? Why wasn’t the hospital notified beforehand, via ambulance, that a L n’ D was on the way?

                    In the NHS system, you wait in line, no if’s, and’s, or but’s. But Tony assures me egalitarianism will cure all.

                    1. In the NHS system, you wait in line, no if’s, and’s, or but’s.

                      “Number 27? Number 27?”
                      “He just died, on the spot!”
                      “Number 28? Number 28?”

          2. These people pay taxes. And they are trapped in that fucking nightmare of a system

            To people who don’t understand exactly how correct John’s description of the NHS is, I point you to Corporal Matthew Millington of the Queen’s Royal Lancers who died at the age of 31 from lung cancer, after receiving ? in a transplant ? the cancerous lungs of a smoker who averaged 30 ? 50 cigarettes a day.

            That’s right, the fuckers decided that the lungs of someone who was practically a chain smoker were acceptable transplant source.

            If anyone has a sense of entitlement, it’s the administrators of medical facilities who thinks it OK to allow their customers to die when the deaths are entirely preventable.

            1. If anyone has a sense of entitlement, it’s the administrators of medical facilities who thinks it OK to allow their customers to die when the deaths are entirely preventable.

              This is also correct. Under the NHS system, you just try and sue anyone for this. Forget it, the likelihood of getting a case to trial will be difficult. And this is a priori malpractice. Anyone can sue under their “Loser Pays” type system; however, their laws restrict what is considered malpractice to keep the rates of medical malpractice cases low. That case tarran cited would probably pass muster, but IANAL nor a UK solicitor. In the US, that would not have happened, certainly not in any hospital in which I have worked.

              My point is, they wanted it, they got it and they won’t let go of it. And America wants it too.

      3. How is expecting a hospital to treat you as you are giving birth a “sense of entitlement”

        they didn’t give us the care we deserve

        There’s your problem, John.

        1. This is where we really see the difference between a doctor and a lawyer.

        2. We you show up at a public hospital that is paid for your taxes YOU DESERVE TO GET TREATMENT. That is how the system works. This wasn’t Macys. This was a public hospital whose job it was to give people care.

          yes they deserved the care. They paid for it you fucking half wits.

          1. Yes, and Universal Health Care could have easily solved this problem…oh, wait…

            1. You miss the point. The Brits set up the universal care system. IF they don’t like that system having a duty to treat everyone, tough shit.

              How dare you people slam on these people for expecting their tax funded health care system do something to treat them.

              This is by far the most offensive thing I have ever seen on Hit and Run. You are saying “how dare these people expect the tax funded system they are forced to use actually treat them. They are just so fucking entitled.” You are god damned right they have a right to expect that shithole of a hospital to treat them. The fact that is horrible and socialist medicine is horrible is a different debate. But the poor people caught up in the system have a right to hold it to some standards. Entitled my ass.

              1. You miss the point.

                No, John, I don’t. This is precisely what happens under these kinds of schemes, and you can spare me your righteous indignation here. I agree this is tragic, but I guaran-damn-tee you, John, the amount of taxes they have paid up to that point would probably not cover delivering a baby, particularly a complicated delivery.

                This is the same NHS that forces people to wait literally hours in ambulances so they can say their ER wait times are down and triage be damned.

            2. I guess I am entitled too because I actually expect the fucking roads to no fall apart because I pay taxes to fix them.

              And anyone who complains about the public schools sucking is entitled too. How fucking dare anyone expect the schools they pay for to provide an education to their kids. Damned welfare queens.

              1. I guess I am entitled too because I actually expect the fucking roads to no fall apart because I pay taxes to fix them.

                Way more people use roads than they use a newly delivered infant. This is Tony’s Utilitarianism here.

              2. Alright, you two, let’s not bicker when we all agree on the following:

                1) Nobody thinks the NHS is worth a tinker’s cuss.

                2) Everybody agrees that the NHS sucks ass not because it’s a good system that is run by evil people, but because the system is set up to treat people poorly and consequently attracts and rewards bad behavior.

                3) The system did not treat the laboring woman or her baby acceptably.

                Yes, it’s frustrating to be confronted by people who stupidly trust a system that has a history of producing bad outcomes that are all butthurt when they get screwed too.

                Personally, since there would be no NHS without the U.S. saving England’s ass in WW-II, which is the fault of the treaty of Versailles, we should direct our hate where it firmly belongs, Woodrow Wilson. 😉

                1. we should direct our hate where it firmly belongs, Woodrow Wilson

                  That’s just good practice anyway–talk about a case study in why intellectuals belong in academia and not the real world, where their silly theories have actual consequences.

                2. 1) Nobody thinks the NHS is worth a tinker’s cuss.

                  Dandyrot. Obama’s Medicare czar Donald Berwick thinks the N.H.S. is the bees knees.

              3. If you expect a government monopoly to be anything but heavily bureaucratic and responding to perverse incentives, then you are gullible. That does not help the people who don’t have much other choice than to use such systems, but to think the NHS is in any way capable of being a model of efficiency is foolish.

      4. She should have the good grace to hold the kid in until her turn in the queue was up. Any other expectation is, of course, a sense of entitlement.

    2. Leicester Royal Infirmary has admitted that mistakes were made.

      There’s that pesky passive voice again.

      1. “It has been admitted that mistakes were made.”

        Better?

        1. The response was found to be better.

    1. I thought Jacko was dead.

  8. “This bill would put us in line with neighboring states like Connecticut and New York, which recently decriminalized marijuana possession,” said sponsor Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer, in a statement. “The bill recognizes the realities of our current drug laws, which are overly punitive for marijuana and taxing on our criminal justice system.”

    That will teach the New Jerksey corrections officers’ union not to donate enough to Assemblyman Gusciora’s campaign.

  9. Some of our cries for the bathroom justice were either ignored or met with silence.

    FTFY

  10. Does anyone know what kind of jail Dharun Ravi will be going to? Do states have anything like minimum-security prisons?

    1. Yes, they do have minimum security prisons. And he will probably spend his time at the county lockup instead, though maybe not.

  11. My mother was killed by femininity.

    (actually lung cancer brought on by smoking, but don’t let that get in the way of a good down-with-penises rant.)

    1. a good down-with-penises rant

      If you say so. She lost me at “so minimally imaginative for women’s prospects when it comes to thinking about the relation of the sexual theater to capturing a life”.

      1. I don’t know what that means.

        1. It means I stopped reading it.

          1. No, I get that, I just have no idea what that quoted sentence means.

            1. Oh, no wonder you’re confused. It’s not a sentence.

    2. Speaking of smoking. There is a big push for the entire county to go smoke free and one of the commercials features this woman who pretty much blames everyone but her self for her illness. She says she tried to quit but tobacco companies (somehow) did everything they could to keep her smoking. She basically whines for about 5 minutes about how hard it is to quit smoking. Does anyone else get this one?

      1. That one and tons of others.

        Now there’s an asthma commercial that blames a kids asthma attacks on second-hand smoke so parents should be pushy about others smoking around their kids.

        I’m thinking – if your kid is that damn sensitive, why do you keep bringing him to places where people smoke? You gots to go looking for them nowadays, its not like you’re going to find people lighting up while strolling around the mall.

        1. ^THIS^
          I am reminded of last year when we took the family to Great America. They have designated smoking areas but I swear you need GPS, a detailed map, and native guides with trained blood hounds to find them. We had finally located one, a tiny 10’X 10′ square marked out by blue paint with an ashtray in the middle. There was no shade in the blazing hot sun, no benches to sit on, and it was located behind some buildings by a motor pool: it was obviously a place you had to WANT to find.
          We light up. A few minutes later, a woman pushing a stroller wanders up and starts the passive-aggressive whiny cough of the ardent anti-smokers. I ask her, “Is the smoke bothering you?” She looks all sorts of injured and says, “Yes.” with a meaningful glance towards her spawn. I then tell her, “You need to fucking leave then. God knows how many thousands of acres in this park are devoted to your preference, but this here is MY space, so fuck off”. She was not very happy.

          1. It’s one of the best things about the e-cig. You get to public humiliate the fake coughers.

            “Do you always have this reaction to a slight increase in humidity? Or are you just a faking asshole?”

            1. Agreed. I had started the day with my e-cig, but had to switch to the real deal. Important safety tip: log rides, sitting in the front of the log, and getting completely soaked are not conducive to long life in e-cig batteries.

    3. Meh. I don’t think it was “down with penises” so much as “down with the images of femininity that many women internalize, often to their own detriment.” I didn’t take it as anti-male, so much as anti-societal gender expectations. It didn’t help the article that here was some eye-glazingly bad writing, as noted below by Rich. I too am not sure what that means.

      1. I guess, (strike that, I know) I read too much of this stuff, so I may very well be reading too much into it. But know this: a critique of femininity in feminism never, ever gets to the root of it (intra-female competition), and instead consistently blames men and their “impossible standards”. Like men give a fuck about matching pumps or french manicures. If you can find me one feminist breakdown of femininity that acknowledges this, I concede you’re right. Until then, blaming “femininity” is shorthand for “men have impossible standards”, since I have never seen it used any other way.

      2. I didn’t take it as anti-male, so much as anti-societal gender expectations.

        Which is even more retarded. Any stable society is going to have established “gender roles,” even if the majority of the citizens are as gay as an angora spring frock. This woman might as well be railing against the sun rising in the east.

    4. Did women start smoking in order to strike a blow at the Patriarchy?

      1. Didn’t women….

    1. Procedures followed, continuum of force, wait for the investigation, union rules and, of course, fried chicken.

    2. I KNOW better than the read the comments by the lovely officers of the law at PoliceOne, but it’s a train wreck I just can’t turn away from.

      1. Sometimes you have to speak to savages in their native tongue to get you’re point across so they listen.

        Most law abiding citizens would have absolutely no problem with this tirad[e].

        At least two guys were rightfully disappointed by Charles’ behavior.

  12. NATO summit protesters allege they were mistreated by police after their arrest during a raid staged before the gathering. “For 18 hours, we were handcuffed to a bench and our legs were shackled together. Some of our cries for the bathroom were either ignored or met with silence.”

    You get the government you deserve.

    1. And yet they still retain their child-like faith in the goodness and necessity of goverment and its monopoly on violence.

      1. Sorry to nitpick, and I’m sure you probably meant this, but it should be “monopoly on the INITIATION of violence.”

    2. To be fair, more than a couple of the protesters were anarchists, not the Team Blue rank-and-file as your suggesting.

      But yeah, I’m not shedding any tears for them.

      1. If by anarchists you mean “statist tools that think having an all-encompassing welfare state is anarchy” then sure.

        Very few anarchists at these types of rallies seem to actually understand the term.

        1. If by anarchists you mean “statist tools that think having an all-encompassing welfare state is anarchy” then sure.

          They probably read Chomsky.

    3. “I’m anti-police unless they’re roughing up people whose politics I don’t like.”

  13. Anyone else think Ravi’s jailtime was a bit much? Maybe a week or weekend then a year of probation? 30 days for invasion of privacy is too harsh.

    1. Considering the lynch mob looking for his blood, he’s probably lucky to just get that much.

      1. Well yeah, but I think the penalty is way too harsh for the crime.

    2. More along the lines of a small fine for a misdemeanor tops.

      I mean he filmed shit happening in his own residence – a dick move to be sure, but I’m not certain when that became illegal even when sharing a room.

  14. Unanimous disdain on policeone for that NJ cop who stopped a random beatdown.

    1. Wow, what a bunch of retards.

    2. Her’s my shocked face.

  15. Jack of Staff says why heck yeah man, lets roll with it.

    http://www.Privacy-Masters.tk

  16. Jezebel hilariously does not understand economics, compensation.

    The comments, Marty, are gold!

    It also doesn’t help that a lot of male librarians do library systems, which is basically the only librarian position with growth and it pays a lot. It is extremely frustrating and has been this way for a long time.

    And…

    I’m a hairstylist, and that is definitely the case in my field. Men end up opening and running salons in numbers far out of proportion to how many of them there are working as cosmetologists. And this not being a field that attracts a lot of educated feminists, female hairstylists seem to feel more comfortable working for a man than for a woman.

    It’s awesome. Also, based on absolutely no data, but just anecdotal evidence, men entering the “Pink collar” (their term, not mine) get preferential treatment in getting senior positions.

    1. It also doesn’t help that a lot of male librarians do library systems, which is basically the only librarian position with growth and it pays a lot. It is extremely frustrating and has been this way for a long time.

      Oh, Saccharin Man, if you’re around, could you confirm this? Demonica Archiva?

      It can also be argued that there are a disproportionate number of gay men who are employed as beauticians.

      Why do the Jezehllions hate TEH GAYZ!!!?

      1. They’re takin’ er jerbz!

  17. “Dharun Ravi, who used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate who then killed himself amidst the resulting embarrassing exposure, was sentenced to 30 days in jail plus three years probation.”

    Wait, they sentenced a dead man to jail and probation?

  18. A task even Father Damien Karras would shrink from: the author of the Exorcist is suing Georgetown University in church court for violating its duties as a Catholic university.

    “William Peter Blatty, who graduated from Georgetown in 1950, says the ;last straw’ was the university’s speaking invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.”

    Blatty wants the university to either start being more Catholic, or else drop the pretense of being a Catholic institution.

    http://wapo.st/J7uGWt

  19. One experience that I had, that occurred to me, that I thought of this mornin,, was a time that I took a ride with a guy that I thought was a friend to go to, to get some fried chicken. And he decided to take a detour behind some buildings to rape me and choke me almost to death. I was sort of seeing that little light that you often hear about.

    Gwen Moore, D-Wis.

    And that’s why she’s apparently offended that the house passed a version of VAWA that doesn’t end the mail order bride business. Shouldn’t she be writing some sort of anti-fried chicken bill instead?

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