Tuesday, November 28, 2006

NY Justice

I'm not going to dig up a link for this one, I assume y'all have all seen something about the NYC cops who pumped 50 rounds into a car full of unarmed men trying to flee a bunch of out of out of uniform cops in an unmarked car.

The police, prosecutor, and mayor all keep saying we need to withhold judgement until we have all the facts.

But the prosecutor is taking it to the Grand Jury. Without those facts he keeps saying are so important to determine.

I guess the facts aren't going to get in the way of doing what you have to do to protect a bunch of nutcase out-of-control cops.

The normal idiots are all yelling "excessive force" for the use of 50 rounds.

But it's not the 50 rounds -- it's the shooting at all that's excessive.

There was no reason for it at all. None. That fact is pretty clear. But somehow I doubt it's a fact that the prosecutor will focus on in his Grand Jury presentation. I'm thinking he'll focus on the nonsense that we have to assume that shooting was the right thing to do and the only legitimate question is when the shooting whould have stopped.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Evaluation of Intelligence

Why should someone who can't do a better job of evaluation of intelligence than George Bush be head of the House Intelligence Committe?

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When perjury is legal

This is an interesting story. The police story makes no sense, they are obviously lying.

What kind of prosecutor brings such a case? A case clearly built on perjury from police officers. I'll give you a hint, it's not an honest prosecutor.

But this sort of thing happens all the time. The cops and prosecutors act with impunity. Nothing will happen to them. Perjury with no risk of penalty.

It's a big part of what's wrong with our criminal justice system. The system is built upon dishonesty on the part of the government.

The same thing happened to me 35 years ago. I'm still bitter about it. It was so obvious the arresting officer was lying the judge acquitted me without my lawyer even having to put on a defense. I won a settlement on the false arrest law suit. But the cop and the prosecutor didn't pay that settlement. The City of Baton Rouge did.

The lying, crooked cop eventually retired with his little pension and the prosecuter went on the try to screw the next guy.

I have no respect for any of them.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Dennis Miller

I just saw a short rant by Dennis Miller on Fox News. That guy's just gone nuts, he's not even close to funny any more.

Part of his rant is that we're wrong to worry about the failure to have found any WMD's, since we're in the situation now (it's not clear to me what he means by that) and that he have to win because if we don't win defined by his terms than some kind of blah blah blah evil result will occur that will destroy us all.

But actually the failure to have discovered WMD's matters a lot. Not becuase the arguement about whether or not we should have invaded Iraq matters much of itself but becuase those same people who lied to us about WMD's are the ones telling us we must press on and win or else the Devil will prevail and the world comes to an end.

And make no mistake about it. They did lie to us. They didn't say they thought they were WMD's (I thought Saddam had them). They didn't even say they were sure about it (no rational person could have been sure). They went further than that and told us they knew where the things were.

It should be clear now -- even to the likes of Miller or Hannity -- that they lied when they said that they knew where the WMD's were. That's not even possible to have been true.

That's why the failure to find WMD's matters a lot when we're trying to evaluate the rhetoric like Miller just asserting that we will be at war with nutcase Islam for generations at least, no matter what we might do now.

He's insane.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

antifreedom not antiunion

FiredogLake has a story that portrays Houston is a stronghold of Southern anti-unionism

Actually Houston isn't the anti-union strong-hold this article portrays it as. The docks and petro-chemical plants along the Houston ship channel have long been unionized and those unions are pretty strong.

The Houston police are just a bunch of out of control cowboys, and always have been. They aren't anti-union, they're anti freedom.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Routine in America

Routine ID checks in a university library? Back when college students where real men we'd have burned down the university administration building if they'd pulled that kind of shit.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Why does anybody care?

Why does anybody cafre what a bunch of Catholic bishops think about how us lay people should live their lives. These are people who think that two men who want to get married should be condemed to hell but that a priest who sexually molests little boys should be forgiven and allowed to continue.

Anybody that supports the Catholic Church in anyway is just an evil sonofabitch.

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