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Brickbats: May 2021

News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly…

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Raphael Andre, 51, came to the Open Door shelter in Montreal, where he got a meal and a shower. Staff say he would have stayed the night, but due to local rules they had to turn him back out onto the street, where he froze to death. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Quebec has barred the shelter from allowing people inside after 9:30 p.m.

Following complaints from some parents, Ritenour, Missouri, school district superintendent Chris Kilbride says he may reconsider a policy of sending armed police officers to the homes of students who are failing classes to discuss the reasons they are failing.

In March 2020, the government of Singapore rolled out its TraceTogether cellphone app, which can tell when two phones have been close to each other. It promised the app would only be used when someone tested positive for the coronavirus. The government now says the system is also used for criminal investigations. Singapore residents are required to download the app to enter many workplaces and stores.

When Topeka, Kansas, police came to Michael Scott Dodson's home seeking Michael Eugene Dodson, he told them they had the wrong man. He offered to show them his ID and asked to see their warrant. Instead, one of the officers shoved Dodson up against his truck, pepper-sprayed him, threw him to the ground, and handcuffed him. A few minutes later, they realized they had the wrong guy. They apologized, then gave him a citation for interfering with a police officer.

It took two years and the threat of a lawsuit, but -officials at Harrison High School in Westchester, New York, have allowed Luke Wong to found a campus chapter of the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom. Wong was turned down twice, for reasons he claims were never made clear to him. He says one -administrator suggested he join the debate club or write an op-ed for the school newspaper instead. After the law firm Alliance Defending Freedom took up his case, the school relented.

Hong Kong Broadband Network has blocked access to the news site HKChronicles because of a police order. HKChronicles, which covered last year's pro-democracy demonstrations and documented police abuse of protesters, became the first website blocked under a new public security law imposed by the Chinese government.

Authorities in Egypt have arrested a pastry chef for making cupcakes with penis- and vulva-shaped icing decorations. The arrest came after photos of women eating the cupcakes at a private birthday party at a Cairo club were posted to social media.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued an amber alert telling people that Chucky, the killer doll from the Child's Play movie series, and Chucky's son Glen were missing. Officials say it was a test of the system that was accidentally sent out.

Jeanne Pouchain has spent the last three years trying to prove to the French government that she is still alive. In 2017, during a long legal dispute, Pouchain was declared dead by a court in Lyon after a former employee claimed she had died. As a result, Pouchain can no longer get a driver's license, a bank account, or health insurance.

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  1. How cool would it be to be declared legally dead? No more taxes!

    1. And, it would seem, from the court case and inability to obtain legal documents, pretty decidedly dead.

      Seems like there would be plenty of opportunities for profit as well.
      Carving knife with dead person’s fingerprints all over it: $500
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      1. And not merely decidedly dead, but also most sincerely dead.

        Hold off on the dead man’s party, though. What if they found her records? Then, she’d be more notorious than Elizabeth of Bathory, Aileeen Wournos, and Lizzy Borden put together.

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    2. IIRC that’s exactly how another one of these cases was resolved. The “dead” person claimed he would stop paying taxes, and suddenly the government was able to confirm he was living after all.

      1. We need to march for zombie rights! The government shouldn’t be allowed to cut off our social security and medicare and universal basic wealth transfer just because we’re dead!

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    4. And you could still receive stimulus checks.

      1. And vote, in some jurisdictions.

        1. As long as you vote Democrat.

          1. You don’t want to vote racist, do you?

    5. There was an episode MASH where Hawkeye was erroneously declared dead. It was pretty funny.

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  2. Seems the feds are continuing their gestapo tactics against innocent civilians who have different politics than Senile Joe and his band of merry psychotics.

  3. That New York student needed a law firm to right a wong.

  4. one of the officers shoved Dodson up against his truck, pepper-sprayed him, threw him to the ground, and handcuffed him. A few minutes later, they realized they had the wrong guy. They apologized, then gave him a citation for interfering

    Perfect QI case. Those “officers” should *gladly* pay Dodson [insert dollar amount here] out of their own pockets in order to keep their jobs.

    1. I’d prefer that they have to pay, and then lose their jobs.

      1. My thought is that successful civil suits against LEOs should come from their pension fund.

        1. Yes, hit’em where they’ll feel it by taking their early and fat pensions; but given the crushingly uneven fight of a state agent, his union, and the entire state against their victim, a single private individual a process more like their own favorite of civil asset forfeiture should be used. Shift some of the burdens to the state agent, his union, and the entire state with their practically unlimited resources from their victim, with his severely limited resources.

        2. They should be forced to carry liability insurance. For two reasons. First, it defrays the cost of settlements to the taxpayers. Second, too many claims and the LEO becomes uninsurable, and therefore unemployable as a cop.

          1. Many doctors and lawyers have malpractice insurance paid by the hospitals and firms that employ them. Police will have the policies paid by their employers.

            No advantage to the public over qualified immunity.

            1. Not sure.
              Enough claims and the premiums sky-rocket; you’re fired, cop!

  5. Manchin just came out publicly against Statehood for D.C.

    He said statehood for D.C. should require a constitutional amendment.

    At some point, Manchin really should consider swapping parties.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Manchin

    Since he won the special election to succeed Robert Byrd, West Virginia has tilted to the right under his feet. I suspect it’s the coal union interests that are keeping Democrat at the grass roots. I’m sure coal unions are more Democrat than the miners themselves, but even the union brass must see the writing on the wall for coal.

    Joe Biden and the Democrats sure as hell aren’t about to save the coal industry. If he’s gonna try to secure a future after switching parties, he might as well be the traitor that brought control of the Senate with him.

    You know who else switched parties?

    1. The correct answer is “Ronald Reagan”.

      1. Reagan didn’t leave the Democratic Party, they left him.

      2. Arlen Specter?
        Frank Rizzo?
        Jeff Van Drew?

    2. Statehood for DC does require a constitutional amendment.

    3. Justin Amash?

  6. “When Topeka, Kansas, police came to Michael Scott Dodson’s home seeking Michael Eugene Dodson, he told them they had the wrong man. He offered to show them his ID and asked to see their warrant. Instead, one of the officers shoved Dodson up against his truck, pepper-sprayed him, threw him to the ground, and handcuffed him. A few minutes later, they realized they had the wrong guy. They apologized, then gave him a citation for interfering with a police officer.”

    A.C.A.B
    All
    Cops
    Are
    Bureaucrats

    “A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief . Who can trust such creatures?” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

    The level of pervasive error and arrogance which we meekly tolerate from our government is astonishing.

  7. So much Brazil in these Brickbats. Sorry you have to freeze to death, but we have our rules. Sorry we gotta taser you, but that’s what it says on this piece of paper. Sorry, ma’am, the system says you’re dead, nothing we can do. Sorry we told you that app was to help you, we meant to say “hurt you”, not “help you”. Sorry we sent out that Amber Alert about a missing fictional doll, we would like to reassure the public that we very rarely make misteaks.

    1. I saw what you did there.

  8. By the way, I almost forgot to wish a happy May Day to all the professional fake libertarians who work at Reason. I hope none of you guys hurt yourselves while dancing around the Maypole!

    1. A critique of anyone’s libertarian credibility from those of you whose tongues are raw and knees are blistered from tongue polishing the shoes of bigger government politicians and their police, that defend them and impose their whims, has the weight of a feather, a white feather.

      “The average man, whatever his errors otherwise, at least sees clearly that government is something lying outside him and outside the generality of his fellow men — that it is a separate, independent, and hostile power, only partly under his control, and capable of doing him great harm. What lies behind all this, I believe, is a deep sense of the fundamental antagonism between the government and the people it governs. It is apprehended, not as a committee of citizens chosen to carry on the communal business of the whole population, but as a separate and autonomous corporation, mainly devoted to exploiting the population for the benefit of its own members.” ~ Murray N. Rothbard

      1. That largely covers it.

    2. Not to worry, there were plenty of illegal immigrants to help.

  9. O/T – Trans actor whines about not being paid enough for a show that nobody watches.

    “Why am I making $40,000 a motherfucking episode? Huh? Do you know who the fuck I am? Do you know what I fucking mean? Huh? I am angry. This is truth. This is motherfucking truth.”

    How can an actor live on a measly $40K an episode? My fucking heart bleeds.

    1. With $40,000 I could go skydiving without a parachute and land on this worthless actor, ending both his misery and my insomnia.

    2. Sounds like the TDS-addled asshole who plays women’s soccer whining that the women aren’t paid the same as men.
      Check your ratings, bitch; you’re getting more than you’re worth already.

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  13. All the economic ruin blamed on the virus is misdirection based on the assumption that the rulers forced only what the M.D.s advised. But, who allows the initiation of violence, threats thereof, i.e., edicts? The populace. And those who resist, who think for themselves, who ask for clarification that authority cannot give? They are ignored, or worse, cancelled. The consensus is manufactured by authority (MSM), enforced by authority, for authority. Authority loves to use its sovereignty over the populace to see how far the populace can be pushed, how much crap they will submit to before they reach their breaking point, and how that will be expressed. Some do it by riots. Some by suicide. Some by open defiance. Are they finally finding their dignity, their self respect, their confidence, their bravery? Do they realize the pandemic was a Pan-hoax? Do they realize that coercive govt. is not moral or practical? Do they want to reclaim their sovereignty and self-govern? How long will it take to make the American Dream manifest?

  14. Fuck “awaiting moderation”:

    These guys are doing something about it:
    https://pacificlegal.org/
    Found them after a search beginning last summer when it became clear that it’ll take a year to undo what lefty shits like Newsom did in a month.

    1. They are very active, and you can bet money which used to go to Reason goes to them now, along with others who formerly got contributions:
      “Small commercial landlord fights Los Angeles County eviction ban”
      https://pacificlegal.org/case/la_commercial_eviction_ban/

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