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Texas Prison Guard Leaks Video of Improper Tear Gassing. Guess Who Gets Prosecuted

Mistakes were made, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice admits. Blowing the whistle was the unforgivable one.

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ABC13

A former Texas corrections officer is facing two to 10 years in prison for leaking video of inmates being tear gassed to a local news outlet in what his lawyer says is an attempt at retaliation, Houston's ABC13 reported Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted former Texas Department of Criminal Justice officer Elderick Brass in December for "misuse of official information" after he leaked video from May 2015 showing another corrections officer at the Lychner State Jail firing a tear gas canister into the chest of an inmate to break up a brewing fight. Brass is due to appear in court next month.

In the video, sparks can be seen flying as the canister hits the inmate, who was later treated at a hospital for his injuries. ABC13 reports:

When the video leaked to ABC13 in August 2015, TDCJ admitted 'several mistakes' were made that night. Among them:

– The tear gas round used in the incident never should've been used inside. It was designed for outside use.

– The tear gas round never should have been aimed towards an inmate's chest. Instead it is designed to be shot against a hard surface like the floor or a wall spreading the gas.

– The prison system told ABC13 it should have been shot through a slot in the dormitory door, not feet away from two groups of angry inmates with numerous corrections officers in the room as well.

After an investigation, the guard who pulled the trigger was put on TDCJ employment probation, but kept on the job. He was never charged with any crime.

It appears the TDCJ thinks the only unforgivable mistake made that night was blowing the whistle. Harris County, where Brass's trial is set to take place, has a new district attorney. Democrat Kim Ogg defeated incumbent D.A. Devon Anderson in November on a reform-minded campaign. Let's see how she handles this case.

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  1. Maybe the asshole correction officer should receive the same treatment from the injured inmate and Elderick Brass can obtain employment outside of the government before his soul dies.

    1. I don’t care for the swear, but at least you didn’t shout first.

        1. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link,

          go? to tech tab for work detail,,,,,,, http://www.foxnews20.com

          1. Putin is hiring !

  2. Oh, and First!

      1. Don’t be jelly. Someone else has to taste the sweet honey from time to time.

    1. More like DblBogey!

    2. First only counts on links.

      It’s Fist’s rule and we just live by it.

      1. “First only counts on links.”

        Incorrect.

        “It’s Fist’s rule and we just live by it.”

        Also incorrect. It’s Tonio’s rule, and it’s silly.

          1. What was all that shit about Vietnam? What the FUCK, has anything got to do with Vietnam? What the fuck are you talking about?

      2. Outside the links, it means you have won the douchebag trophy (if you act like you have accomplished something).

  3. Democrat Kim Ogg defeated incumbent D.A. Devon Anderson in November on a reform-minded campaign. Let’s see how she handles this case.

    How does it work? If someone is indicted, does the prosecutor then have to proceed? Is she able to use discretion?

    1. If she is so reform-y, why did she let this go to a grand jury in the first place?

      1. The indictment happened before she was sworn in.

      2. If she is so reform-y, what kind of form was she in before that?

        Is this like one of those Bowflex commercials?

    2. Prosecution can drop the case at any time, even during the trial.

      There is NO WAY a jury would unanimously vote to convict. This is pure process as punishment bullshit.

    3. She’ll prosecute to show the thugs in uniform that she’s on their side, unless they reveal embarrassing facts to the media.

    1. Not really seeing bird flu in that article?

      1. lol

        that link is the “gang of old ladies in silly hats primed to undermine Trump’s presidency”.

        the “Bird” Flu link was supposed to be this

        1. That place is like a sick cat mill. I got a couple from there once and they were dead within a week.

          1. You should have returned it with a sad-face and said “mah kitteh broke”

            1. You’re lucky it’s not Too Soon, you sick bastard.

              1. I can’t imagine how you had time to get emotionally invested

                *i have loved and lost cats. i have also had some that were hit by cars within a week of adoption, and were thrown into a garbage can by the tail. its sort of a case-by-case thing.

                1. No, I didn’t, but it was still pretty traumatic at the time.

                  I got a pair years later from a reputable place and they’ve been happy and healthy for ten years now.

                  But yeah, I tell people to avoid that place and it sounds like nothing’s changed.

            2. Those kittens were just pining for the fjords.

    2. They’d be more pussylike if they pushed those ears in to make some sort of hole.

      1. All I could think is, damn, they sure seem like they wish they had penises.

    3. Dude, stop making out with your cat, it’s like illegal or something.

  4. The tear gas round never should have been aimed towards an inmate’s chest. Instead it is designed to be shot against a hard surface like the floor or a wall spreading the gas.

    LOL. What happens if a “civilian” makes a mistake of aiming a projectile at somebody’s chest instead of the ground?

    I like how it’s worded as if the reason it was a mistake is that a human chest isn’t hard enough to spread the gas efficiently.

    1. This is why there is an exception for Warty’s chest in the cop manuals.

  5. This isn’t the first time, there was a woman killed outside Fenway because some asshole cop fired a pepperball right into her face.

    1. That was after the World Series wasn’t it? And that happened at a college campus too I want to say. Pepper spray is some nasty shit and can do real harm or even kill someone.

      1. Yeah, it was just a bunch of young folks celebrating the success of their local sportsball team, they got a little loud and some thug decided the way to quiet things down was to shoot the equivalent of a frozen paintball directly into someone’s face.

    2. These guys are pussies. About 25 years ago, I forget why, but there were riots in Baton Rouge. A dozen state policemen lined up with shotguns loaded with rubber pellets and opened up on the mob…except one of the officers had reloaded his gun with 8 – #00’s. If you have any experience with shotguns you know he knew damned well he wasn’t firing rubber. They were never able to determine which officer did it.

      Ooops.

      1. Which only goes to show that even the fearsome Louisiana State Police have a 100% red-blooded American sense of humor. Heh heh heh

  6. First rule of fight club

  7. Returning to Mekong Delta, John Kerry finds a man who tried to kill him

    I’m thinking the strapline should have been something like, “needed only to cross the street in DC to find many who wished the Vietnamese more successful in their efforts”

    sorta related =

    Obama Vows to Never Shut The Fuck Up, Post-Presidency

    i think the wapo is planning to partner in this effort; Democrats are stuck with people like Pelosi and Schumer to be their “leadership”. How fucking depressing is that?

    1. He is the dinner guest that never leaves.

      1. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people. We can ignore him, they have to at least pretend to be interested in what he’s saying. And they will have to pretend…forever.

      2. +1 Sheridan Whiteside.

    2. Democrats are stuck with people like Pelosi and Schumer to be their “leadership”. How fucking depressing is that?

      Considering I am not a Dem, not at all depressing.

      As for the Washington comPost’s efforts, freedom of press does not imply the right to a readership.

      1. I meant ‘depressing to Dem supporters’; hence keep Obama around as source of commentary. thought that should have been clear.

    3. Obama Vows to Never Shut The Fuck Up, Post-Presidency

      So, you’re saying that he’s going to become the 2nd most favorite person to ignore in history, after Hillary?

    4. If you want to see just how much the man loves adulation, google the following phrase :

      “Love & Happiness, an Obama Celebration”

    5. Returning to Mekong Delta, John Kerry finds a man who tried to kill him

      I’m imagining Kerry singing:

      Ooh, she gave me Mekong whiskey
      Ooh, she gave me Hong Kong flu
      Ooh, she gave me Mekong whiskey
      Put me on a breeze to Kathmandu

  8. “Then the outgoing commander in chief made the case for hewing to some presidential “norms” and “traditions.”” One strong norm is that ex-presidents maintain a low profile and quietly and out of the press offer the current POTUS their opinion and advice, when asked. It very much appears the BO will violate this norm as well. Warren makes a good point that the Dems will have to grit their collective teeth and grin but the rest of us don’t need to.

  9. Re-posted:

    Sex-worker representatives are meeting with anti-sex-trafficking activists at a conference at Yale University. The objective is to find a common-sense compromise which will give law enforcement the tools it needs without infringing on the legitimate autonomy of sex workers.

    I just hope the sex-worker advocates don’t sell out and endorse unacceptable policies in the name of “compromise.”

    Anyway, Reason will be there covering every moment of the conference…

    OK, I was just kidding, it’s actually a conference of LGBLT activists and religious-freedom supporters trying to hammer out a compromise.

    And, I don’t know whether Reason is covering it.

    1. “…How to Address LGBT Rights.”

      How about respecting everyone’s right to freedom of association? Just a thought.

  10. For people curious about America’s current “low-profile wars” (eg. Yemen, Somalia, Libya, NWFP, etc) there is another installment of the generally-good War College podcast now up.

    *I have not listened to it, and may save for tomorrow; they vary in quality depending on who it is they’re interviewing… the last few i’ve listened to – one with Peter Bacevitch on US middle-east military policy, and another with a Kremlinolgist/Russian military specialist – were both excellent.

      1. i did get around to that.

        The part i found most interesting was his point about how the fighting in Libya has actually been near-constant over the last couple of years, and that in late 2016 we had a very-intense bombing campaign there between August and December … which – while it was acknowledged (as those links show) – was little appreciated in its intensity. According to this source (in the podcast) there were bombs dropped every day, and as many as a dozen targets hit in a single day.

        basically, we were pummeling the shit out of eastern libya for ~6 months. Yet no one anywhere (much less presidential candidates) seemed to think it merited any discussion at all.

        he also went through a litany of hot spots we’ve dabbled in for decades (anti-drug efforts in south america, ‘stabilization’ in philippenes, random wars in Africa we seem to want to micromanage, etc), but the point about how Libya has actually been a very-violent hot war even up until very recently was something i was sort of taken aback by. I was under the impression that w/ most attention on Syria, we’d reduced our footprint in Libya.

        1. Well, the press was too busy covering Trump farting out of anger around some leftist to actually cover that.

  11. Where do prison guards come from? Cops I can at least see some people with the idea that they’re like Batman protecting the public and bringing evil-doers to justice, but prison guard? The evil-doers have already been brought to justice and they’re locked up safely away from the public. You’re like Alfred keeping the Batcave tidy. Who aspires to be Alfred? Cop wannabe’s that couldn’t pass the test? People McDonald’s won’t hire? Sadistic bastards looking for an opportunity to torture caged animals? I can’t see anybody looking at “prison guard” as some sort of noble profession.

    1. County sheriffs departments usually put new officers on prison guard duty to prove themselves for a year or so, before letting them out into the world to deal with the unincarcerated perps. Sort of like a mother lion lets her cubs learn to kill by giving them wounded prey at first.

    2. I can’t see anybody looking at “prison guard” as some sort of noble profession.

      In some areas it’s the best game in town. Lots of openings, good pay, job safety. So what if you have to be a monster to thrive in it.

    3. Based on my own limited insight: people desperate for a stable job that pays okay. Two individuals: a middle-aged guy working at my town recycling center part time, and another guy in his mid-20s that had resigned his positron as a skilled manufacturing operator because the company would not board hI’m onto the corporate health insurance plan.

    4. All the people I’ve known who’ve left Houston to become prison guards in Huntsville were not interested in traditional law enforcement. They just wanted a steady, decent paying job without having to have any education or experience. All that’s required basically is a GED, a fairly clean record and the ability to pass a drug test. They are not required to have TCLEOSE (or whatever the newest incarnation is called) certification to be a licensed law enforcement officer.

  12. She-hawks finding out they aren’t so good outside their sound enhancement chamber of a stadium.

    Butt safeties, crybaby fights — couldn’t happen to a more overrated team.

    1. “Suckhawks” is the preferred nomenclature.

      I’m a Seattle fan in the Atlanta area so either way I’m not going to be disappointed, but I did think Seattle really didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs this year. Plus, that “Legion of Boom” crap – it’s embarrassing to admit they cheat pretty damn bad. The pass interference in Seattle is as bad as the holding on the line on every NFL team, you could flag every single play if you wanted to look close. Seattle just pushes the envelope harder than most anybody else.

      1. Yep. Just like the Pats, they are lucky to play in a division with 3 utterly basketcase franchises, an advantage even more exacerbated in Seattle’s case by that stupid stadium that they get to host a playoff game in every year.

        1. Yet as mightily as the Cardinals suck (most years) they pretty well have owned Seattle up there. My son was born up there and he can’t stand the Seahawks, but is a hard corps Mariners fan.

      1. The spirit of Mike M. permeates the great aether.

    2. Fun night in the Georgia Dome for me and the boy last night. Drove 4 hours to get there. He likes both teams, but would have preferred a Seahawks win.

      Me, I’m just hoping that whoever wins tonight’s game can take down the Pats…

      1. I’m looking forward to the Packers winning the final game at the Georgia Dome next Sunday.

        “They were the better team… tonight.”

        1. Don’t recommend looking past the Cowboys.

          Since we can’t go to a GB/ATL game next weekend, we are hoping GB loses today and last night’s game is the last ever Georgia Dome game, so we can say we were there…

  13. As inauguration day looms, let’s hop in the time machine for a visit to yesteryear

    1. Here was the recent podcast where Nick assessed “The Case for Optimism About Trump’s Presidency

      I didn’t listen to it, so i don’t know how much Nick played devil’s advocate / offered ‘possible upsides’

    2. also = it should be noted that the author of that “Libertarian Case for Obama” was =

      “Terry Michael is Director of the non-partisan Washington Center for Politics & Journalism and former press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. “

      1. What part of Libertarian Democrat don’t you understand?

        1. All of it?

        1. i wasn’t saying he was a fake libertarian, so much as pointing out that he wasn’t exactly representative of the magazine’s editorial POV. as with my comment immediately above it, i was pointing out that they’ve done these “the case for _____” things in every election (as they did with trump), and its not evidence of some Cosmo-betrayal or anything.

          1. reason did a “libertarian case for Trump”? If so, I totally missed it. They could have found scores of prominent people with libertarian-cred to write it (Walter Block, Cody Wilson, perhaps even their own Andrea Castillo O’ Sullivan?) but they didn’t do it. It certainly wasn’t for a lack of “libertarian case for Hillary” candidates either. Penn, Conor Friedersdorf, the McSuderman klan,Cato, Popehat-guy? all offered as much here or elsewhere.

            The contrasting “cases for” could have been very illuminating. I don’t know why they didn’t do it other than maybe the fear it would be read as a a hearty endorsement of their editorially-disfavored candidate.

    3. 2. The election of an African-American will end liberal racism as we know it. If an overwhelmingly white nation chooses a black leader, the Jesse Jacksons and other Mau Mauers for identity-based group preferences will be put out of business, as I explained here.

      That’s the best part.

    1. “My hearing has been damaged because of gun noise”

      “Serves you right.”

      /every Democrat

      1. I never knew that hearing damage was part of “gun safety” (the new name for gun control).

        1. Actually, it is. You really don’t want to be on an indoor range without hearing protection of some sort unless you want your ears to be ringing for a long time. Do it often enough and you lose hearing, just like rockers playing behind their mega-amps without it wind up deaf at 40.

          1. In case I wasn’t clear, I meant *causing* hearing damage is being claimed as part of “gun safety” by the gun controllers.

    2. Politically, this is playing with fire. People have been conditioned by Hollywood to think that suppressors are tools of assassins and drug lords that make a gunshot no louder than a fart.

      1. It is easier than hell to make a suppressor and I aint gonna say how, but any half-wit crook can find out easy enough.

        Hollywood is also responsible for the ridiculous idea that suppressors (there is no such thing as a silencer) make gunfire silent. It dampens the sound, that is all. It takes the crack out of it and is much easier on your ears but bystanders can still hear it plainly.

        The main reason they are regulated is to make it more possible for game wardens to hear gunfire from a mile or two away at night. Every regular poacher uses them anyway.

        1. Yep. At indoor ranges, I wear earplugs and earmuffs, for about 60 dB reduction. Again, gunshots still sound loud as hell.

        2. A suppressed .22 handgun is pretty quite. Basically all you hear is the action.

          1. The closest you can get to ‘silenced’ is a suppressed bolt action or break action gun firing subsonic ammo.

            The round cracking the sound barrier is normally the loudest part.

      2. Just to check my recollection, I looked at some of the new suppressor data. The most advanced ones only reduce by 30-33 decibels. My $10 pair of earmuffs from Walmart reduces the sound by that much — gun shots still sound loud as hell at the range.

        But yeah, keep calling them silencers, stupid media.

          1. You’re funny. Can I keep you?

    1. I don’t know who that is but honey, please don’t put me in a box. Kthxbai

    2. How is Donald Trump anti gay, again? I guess if you get elected on the Republican ticket, despite not being conservative, or even a Republican, then anti gay Cupid shoots you with an arrow that magically makes you hate gay people?

      1. Well, he really hates Thiel. Didn’t you notice that during his tech summit, the way he made Thiel sit right by him and all that? I’m not even talking about the hand thing, yikes. Gay hater, obvious. Wait until he deports all the gays, you’ve been warned.

        1. Aren’t we all forgetting the time in 1998 that Trump had his goon squad force a bunch of the gay into a dilapidated apartment house and then set it on fire?

          And then there’s his continuing habit of inviting a gay up to the top floor of Trump tower and then tossing the poor person off of the building.

          Why we could ever elect this guy is a mystery.

      2. I don’t get it either and I’m getting pretty dadburn sick and tired of the “gay mafia” pretending to speak for all of us.

      3. WaPo, Aug 2016

        In the course of his campaign so far, Donald Trump has had harsh words for Mexicans and Muslims, the people of Iowa, African Americans, refugees, the parents of a dead Army captain, women, a disabled reporter and the pope. He has fashioned his political incorrectness into a personal virtue, portraying himself as a straight-talker incapable of pretense …

        Throughout all of this, though, Trump has refrained from launching barbs at one particular group: gay Americans.

        It would be a stretch to call Trump a gay-friendly candidate ? he still opposes same-sex marriage* ? but he supports other LGBT rights and has publicly declared himself a “real friend” to the community. In April, he broke with his GOP rivals by speaking out against North Carolina’s anti-transgender bathroom law. (He later backed off.) And last month in Cleveland, Trump brought in Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who became the first openly gay speaker to affirm his sexual orientation onstage at a Republican National Convention.

        (*does he?)

        I’m pretty sure WaPo has since transitioned to the whole “LGBT Community In Terror” narrative

        1. Plus the anti-gay monster had an openly gay man as a keynote speaker one night during the GOP convention. He’s a maniac I tells ya.

      1. Then I popped off the back, expecting the typical interior: a battery, some metal circuitry and a plastic spacer. Instead, everything was beautifully finished?brushed metal gears, springs, and red ruby jewels.

        It is really weird that he specifically went out of his way to buy a mechanical watch, and then was so surprised that the interior was mechanical.

    1. See, you say stole, and I’m thinking of the North Koreans abducting Chinese and Japanese civilians for breeding future spies.

      Fun article, though.

    1. federal law grants immunity to government agencies if something goes awry

      Come again?

    2. Colorado’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner, vowed to introduce legislation to ensure EPA will pay any legitimate claims.

      Doesn’t the House control the checkbook? If you actually got Congressmen involved, you could take the money out of their budget instead of just flapping your lips and making empty threats.

      1. Accountability? That takes work and focus. These representatives are only human you know.

      2. No. The House controls taxes (or any other revenue raising piece of legislation), not spending. Even there, it’s just that the revenue bill has to *start* in the House, it still has to go through all the reconciliation and final passage by both the House and Senate.

    3. What this calls for is a celebrity-protest. They’ll get right on that, i’m sure.

      1. They have to do a thing where they finish each others sentences. There’s more persuasive power that way.

    4. I’m not sure the EPA is the proper place to seek damages. They don’t have any money other than what is taken from us. The EPA employees overseeing the operation should have lost their jobs, and if there are legitimate damage claims I think the morons who caused the spill should be liable. Go after the contractor. There is a WSJ article about them but I am to cheap to pay to read it. I understand the contractor still has some nice EPA contracts.

      1. I posted this about an editorial that appeared in the Silverton paper a week prior to the spill when this came up a few days ago. DoomCO said I was a tinfoil hatter. Maybe. The EPA has been trying to get federal control in the form of declaring the area a super fund site for 25 years. The spill allowed them to achieve that. Now they control it. Go big government or go home.

        1. DoomCO said I was a tinfoil hatter

          Ahh, I had forgotten the War Across the Continental Divide.
          God, I’m so glad to be back in Colorado, inter drainage basin fueds or not.

          1. All the best water flows west. Bright orange or not.

            Seriously though, the EPA has one goal in the high country around Silverton, (and most chunks of land) and that is to control it. We wouldn’t want any new mines popping up there because that is icky.

            1. Yeah, when I was a yute I lived in New Mexico, a crazy percentage of that state is owed by the feds, even more than Colorado.

  14. Will the Pats win by 20+?

    I think so.

    1. 18…still three scores.

      And all of the six playoff games so far played where the home team has won by two or more scores.

    2. I turned it off. I hate watching the Pats win. Did they feel Brady’s balls before the game? Cheater!

  15. No Predictive Nobel Peace Prize For Trump = He’s Already a Human Rights Abuser

    WASHINGTON ? Human Rights Watch on Thursday released its annual report on threats to human rights around the world, and for the first time in the 27 years it has done these surveys, the United States is one of the biggest. The reason: the rise of Donald J. Trump.

    Eight days before Mr. Trump is to be sworn in as president, the human-rights advocacy group declared that his path to power, in a campaign marked by “misogynistic, xenophobic and racist rhetoric,” could “cause tremendous harm to vulnerable communities, contravene the United States’ core human rights obligations, or both.”

    1. h/t Instapundit, naturally.

      also from him = Trump considering drug-testing press corps

      Eli Lake hardest hit

    2. I’m guessing a number of those “human rights obligations” didn’t exist 10 years ago.

      1. I’m guessing the right not to be murderdroned is nowhere to be found.

    3. The progs are setting the bar too high and getting my hopes up.I’m gonna be real disappointed when we don’t get those promised ARENA-style right wing death squads.

  16. I really have this feeling that Obama’s 8 years of fame is going down in flames and will be burned to ashes in short order. Not because Trump will do anything good and especially not anything that libertarians would consider good, but because Obama is so overrated and overall boring as fuck, that Trump will upstage him to the point of no return in a matter of months. In fact, I would say that Trump has already upstaged Obama to the extent that Obama is like a flea on the stage of some great hypothetical play, with Trump playing the main character. Sorry, Obama, you never were great, or even interesting.

    1. First black president. He’ll be lionized forever. His failures will be blamed on racism.

  17. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this story on the downside of ending rampant government corruption. Is it a joke? A Paul Krugman column? The random result of a million monkeys at a million typewriters?

    But when there’s less to steal, there’s less to spend.

    “Blocking someone from stealing public funds will reduce his frequency in the market,” Sheka said. “If retailers can’t sell as much, they will buy less from manufacturers.”

    Shopkeepers in Kano say their businesses have shrunk, partly because civil servants ? once a large part of their clientele ? are no longer flush with money.

    “Business has gone down by 40% in the past year,” says Vashir Musa, 33, a shopkeeper selling Chinese-made shoes, Timberland knockoffs and bags. “People have to manage on their salaries. They don’t have a surplus above their salaries, and they need that for the basics like food and school fees.”

    The kicker? At the bottom of the page there’s this.

    This story was reported with a grant from the United Nations Foundation. For more news on Sustainable Development Goals issues, go to our Global Development Watch page.

    Now why would the UN be involved in paying for the distribution of a piece pointing out the good side of corrupt bureaucrats living it up on the taxpayer’s dime?

    1. Like many civil servants, Ibrahim doesn’t believe the anti-corruption campaign will stick. After all, none ever has before.

      “It cannot be permanent,” he said.

      Sheka, the economist, agreed.

      “Even if the government blocks corruption on one side, another side will open. This issue of corruption is in our blood.”

      I worked in Nigeria for a little over a year. The one thing you could count on, was that the guy you were doing business with (even expats) were trying to rip you off. The entire country has a corruption problem.

  18. ‘ The prison system told ABC13 it should have been shot through a slot in the dormitory door, not feet away from two groups of angry inmates with numerous corrections officers in the room as well.’

    Well which is gonna be young feller, is it only for outdoor use or not?

  19. Blatant and shameless attacks on whistle blowers seems to be the gov in a very serious mood. Very similar to how they react to exposure of covert agents. Neither can or will be tolerated. Examples will be made of those who tempt fate.

    1. His sails unfurled.

      1. Gilgamesh when the walls fell.

          1. Darmok and Jalad on the ocean.

  20. Can somebody explain to me why Henrik Lundqvist still has a career? I’ve only been following hockey this season and it seems like every game I’ve seen him play he gives up at least 5 goals. Maybe he was good before what do I know.

  21. Someone you never heard of says she won’t perform at the inaugural; the world yawns:

    “Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig”
    http://www.sfgate.com/news/pol…..857646.php

    One more reason to watch some paint drying rather than the inauguration.

    1. He should really troll those people and hire The Village People.

    2. Holliday said it was painful to read racial epithets, insults such as “Uncle Tom” and people wishing that she were dead “just for singing a song.” She had been scheduled to sing the Stephen Foster song “Hard Times Come Again No More.”

      Some people have lost their minds over this. It was funny at first. Now it is getting disturbing.

      1. “Some people have lost their minds over this. It was funny at first. Now it is getting disturbing.”

        I read the dead-tree version of the SF Chron most mornings and it’s beyond disturbing.
        They hired some Philippina millennial to fill space on Saturday mornings (which I and two other people read); last weeks’ headline (no, I didn’t read the column) had to do with how “we” could survive the next 4 years (I’m hoping 8, so she dies of the vapors).
        Today (according to the headline again), she’s found a way forward: She’s decided to cook again!
        It’s not that they aren’t serious, it’s that they are. The lefty asshole writing that column actually thinks she’s dealing with issues which will somehow affect her life, without ever examining how that would come about.
        Pathetic.

      2. Holliday said it was painful to read racial epithets, insults such as “Uncle Tom” and people wishing that she were dead “just for singing a song.”

        And these are her supporters. Maybe she might consider looking for a new class of support.

  22. I’m not anywhere near as old as Sevo but I’m old enough to have bought this number off the news rack at my local Eckerd Drugs. I had the misfortune of parting with about $8 (of my sub-$3 minimum wage 2nd job-ever restaurant-pay) to see The Who with Kenny Jones on drums shortly after.

    1. A concert ticket to see The Who in 1978 was 8 bucks?

      1. Mighta been $7.50, $8 with the ticketron charge.Definitely less than $10. I probably still have the stub somewheres. Yeah, all concert tickets and club/bar cover charges for name-bands/artists were relatively cheap back then. They figured they’d make it back in 12″ vinyl,T-shirt, or alcohol sales. The best part is you could openly consume controlled substances, without care or worry when all the lights were on waiting for the opening act to begin or killing time when you got there early so you could sit in front for a non-reserved seat show. The 1970s were, in many ways, peak awesome. I was what is now known as a “child” but outside of maybe your parents and public school nobody else treated you like one unless you acted as such.

        1. I grew up in the sticks. My first concert was Billy Idol at Red Rocks mid eighties. The ticket was $25 maybe? I went to one other concert there, but for the life of me can’t remember who played. Agreed the 70’s may have been peak awesome. The hippies, punk rockers and anti establishment trolls back then were classic liberals and not the communist hippies of today. I am not sure what happened there.

    2. No Moon, it’s not The Who, it’s just The Townsend/Daltrey Pension Tour.

      I think I paid about that for a ticket the first time I saw them. Of course, it was a double bill with Led Zep, the warm up band was Jethro Tull, and Nixon was the new president. Things were better then, other than the whole getting drafted and killed in Vietnam thing.

  23. 2.2 Million from AGDQ raised for the prevent cancer foundation!

  24. Something interesting, that has nothing to do with Trump, corrupt cops, pathetic millenials, etc…

    That time when the US sheltered German ships from the Brits.

    No place embraced it more warmly than Hampton Roads, where the surprise appearance of two fugitive German sea raiders in early 1915 sparked not only tens of thousands of admiring spectators but also fear and resentment of their snarling Royal Navy pursuers, who threatened to dash through the Virginia Capes to destroy them.

    Though that narrative seems strange and unlikely now, it only grew stronger after the Prinz Eitel Friedrich and Kronprinz Wilhelm ? which had steamed into Newport News seeking coal, repairs and supplies after carrying out celebrated search-and-destroy missions ? agreed to be interned by the neutral American government rather than face the guns of the British cruisers.

    1. The plot of 49th Parallel involves Nazis trying to escape from Canada into a still-neutral United States, whereupon they would have to be returned to Germany.

      (The movie, however, didn’t get released in the US until early 1942.)

  25. Stay at home mom Kelly Richards from New York after resigning from her full time job managed to average from $6000-$8000 a month from freelancing at home? This is how she done

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    1. Milly, oh Milly Milly Milly. You slutty bitch….fool me once…..

  26. The Left is going after Trump’s balls.

    “On the day of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration protesters are planning an anti-capitalist march, road blockades and disruptions to inauguration balls. The protests will likely include property destruction, a source with intimate knowledge of the protest plans told The Daily Caller Friday.

    The blockades are not limited to roads but will also be at every security checkpoint, the source said. The source added that the protesters blockading each checkpoint will represent a different liberal cause such as climate change or money in politics.

    A group called #DisruptJ20 is the most active in the planned protests for the inauguration.

    Organizers for #DisruptJ20 are planning to kick off the inauguration protests on Jan. 18 with a gay dance party outside of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Chevy Chase, MD home.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/01…..upt-balls/

    1. with a gay dance party outside of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Chevy Chase, MD home.

      “Waiter, I’ll have what he’s having. “

    2. Wow… they really don’t want the Democrats in power ever again, do they.

    3. Protesting money in politics? I assume they would have preferred Clinton.

      1. You don’t get it. Electing Trump was a highly partisan political outcome. Electing Clinton would have been completely apolitical. And all the money Clinton spent in her election campaign was entirely apolitical, “public interest” spending as well.

        Just like only whites can be racist, only the right-wing can be political.

    4. Not sure how much thought they’ve put into this….it’s not an anti-war march in NYC. This is a major federal event. It’s not as though they’re dealing with the Park Service….we’re talking large contingents from all four services. I don’t think any streets are going to be blockaded.

  27. I didn’t chime in earlier, but I want it noted that this is the kind of story we need Reason to cover.

    Since Balko departed, coverage of this beat has been shrinking. Which leaves us with lesser sources like Photography Is Not a Crime. They are nice for locating stories, but it takes a more in-depth level of reporting to make a story compelling. This is one of the things that I hope I’m getting for my money when I buy subscriptions to Reason for my family and friends.

    Please, in addition to reporting about how liberals on campus are almost as bad as the alt-right, do some original, in-depth reporting on the police abuse / criminal justice reform beat. I think it is an important issue for most libertarians.

  28. I blame Da Jooz.

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