Brickbats: October 2020

News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly from around the world

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Minnesota State Patrol trooper Albert Kuehne has been charged with two counts of felony stalking after he responded to a single-car wreck involving a woman detained on suspicion of driving under the influence. Prosecutors say Kuehne took the woman's phone, found nude photos, and then messaged the photos to his own phone while she was being treated by paramedics.

The University of Queensland, a public university in Australia, is under fire for an economics class critics are calling propaganda. The class is part of a Chinese government–funded effort to build ties between that country and Western universities. The course reportedly refers to "terrorist" activities of Uighurs, an ethnic minority being repressed by the Chinese government, and asks students to consider whether pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong amount to terrorism.

A state investigation of a Massachusetts veterans home where at least 76 residents have died from COVID-19 has revealed errors that Gov. Charlie Baker (R) called "horrific and tragic." The biggest mistake, according to the report, happened when the state-operated facility in Holyoke combined two dementia units into one. The move placed more than 40 veterans, including some who had already tested positive for the virus, into a space meant for 25.

Police in Vienna, Austria, fined a man 500 euros (about $564) for releasing "a massive intestinal wind in the immediate vicinity of the officers." Police say the man "had already behaved in a provocative and uncooperative manner" when they approached him as he sat on a park bench and tried to talk to him.

After a public outcry, Fisheries Queensland in Australia says it will not fine a man who rescued a baby humpback whale tangled in a shark net. After the rescue, the agency initially served the man with two notices for entering the area around the nets without permission.

Shenandoah County, Virginia, Sheriff Timothy Carter has apologized to Pastor Leon McCray after McCray was falsely arrested by deputies. McCray, who is black, called 911 after a white family allegedly attempted to dump a refrigerator on his property and then attacked him when he tried to stop them. When deputies arrived, they spoke only with the family, then arrested McCray for brandishing a firearm. Those charges were later dropped.

A code enforcement officer in Aurora, Canada, issued a woman a fine of 880 Canadian dollars (about $650) for "standing too long" in a park under emergency coronavirus restrictions.

Courtney Lancaster of Baltimore County, Maryland, says an officer came to her home to search her 11-year-old son's room because, during a video lesson, a teacher at Seneca Elementary School saw a BB gun hanging on the wall. The teacher took a screenshot and showed it to the school security officer, who called the cops. Lancaster says the school's principal told her having a gun present in a video lesson is the same thing as bringing one to school.

 

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  1. A code enforcement officer in Aurora, Canada, issued a woman a fine of 880 Canadian dollars (about $650) for “standing too long” in a park under emergency coronavirus restrictions.

    Canadians have turned out to be kind of uniquely bad on this whole public attitude towards lockdowns and mask wearing. And man oh fucking man do they like them some heavily policed borders. I’m looking at you, . Justin “Post National” Trudeau.

    1. Where I live in Canada, nobody wears masks or behaves differently (outside of big box stores who’s corporate rules demand them). People can spend the day at the park, go to church, etc.
      In an area of a couple of million, we’ve had about 300 cases and a handful of deaths.

      Aurora is in Toronto though, so they’re a bit more left coast in their behavior.

      1. I keep reading stories out of Canada how everyone does that invasion of the bodysnatchers screech when they see someone out of line on this. And if you’re a foreigner and out of line… knuckle up.

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        2. I keep reading stories out of Canada

          If they’re in American newspapers they’re probably bullshit. The Times and WaPo like to gaslight Joe America into believing that the rest of the world is on the woke train and leaving them behind.

          If it’s in Canadian papers it’s probably Victoria, Vancouver or Toronto. Canada’s Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis.

    2. Canada has joined most of Europe in the culture of bureaucratic pettiness. The Rule of Law was replaced by Arbitrary Rules Enforcement. It’s now about The Law, it’s about obeying whatever petty stricture any of a dozen overlapping jurisdictional bodies may have enacted on a whim. And yes, there is a difference between law and statute.

      And the US is rapidly heading down that road as well.

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  2. “The biggest mistake, according to the report, happened when the state-operated facility in Holyoke combined two dementia units into one.”

    How to Make a Joe Biden:

    1. Take two (2) dementia units;

    2. Stir;

    3. Add … you know, the thing.

    4. Enjoy!

    1. OK, everyone else can stop commenting right now; this one wins for best concept ever!

    2. Dust the rim of the glass with cocaine and it’s a Hunter.

      1. Unless you’re drinking to avoid paying child support, then it’s a Beau.

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      2. +100

  3. >>two counts of felony stalking

    how about theft?

    1. All he took was an electronic string of ones and zeros.

      1. he took.

      2. Technically, the ones and zeros are still on her phone.

        1. True. It’s a copyright violation, actually.

    2. She still has the pictures, so no.

  4. during a video lesson, a teacher at Seneca Elementary School saw a BB gun hanging on the wall. The teacher took a screenshot and showed it to the school security officer, who called the cops. Lancaster says the school’s principal told her having a gun present in a video lesson is the same thing as bringing one to school.

    The teacher, school security officer, cops, and the principal of the school can all go get fucked with a rusty chainsaw.

    1. *frantically checks school guidelines*

      Nothing here about rusty chainsaws. Proceed!

  5. Prosecutors say Kuehne took the woman’s phone, found nude photos, and then messaged the photos to his own phone while she was being treated by paramedics.

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

    1. just ones and zeros dude … no prurience

  6. Lancaster says the school’s principal told her having a gun present in a video lesson is the same thing as bringing one to school.

    Time to replace the BB gun with some tasteful artwork.

    1. Looks like a clock to me.

    2. ’cause, you know, it’s all about peoples “feelings“, meaning their gut reaction to stimulus, like any other poor creature, unable to understand what it is seeing.

    3. So then he should take the BB gun to school, and . . . . .

  7. I can’t believe no one has commented upon the “massive intestinal wind.” Do you suppose there is an actual statue concerning the crime of releasing one “in the immediate vicinity of officers” and that it stipulates a fine for 500 Euros?

    1. Statute, not “statue.”

  8. The first one makes me think of the teacher/student South Park episode. Imagine the officers investigating their colleague on this one.

    “Kuehne took the woman’s phone, found nude photos, and then messaged the photos to his own phone while she was being treated by paramedics.”

    Cop 1: Nice.
    Cop 2: Nice.
    Cop 3: Niiiccce.

    1. Cop 4: excuse me, I have to go check something in the evidence room.

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