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August 30th, 2015 @ 5:47PM

MEMBER SINCE:April 27th, 2003
LAST ONLINE:August 30th, 2015 @ 5:47PM
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    IN RESPONSE TO: Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility

    That 3,500 number makes it sound like some kind of black concentration camp. The article dances around the issue, but it's 3,500 people detained over the course of a decade. So in 3,650 days, 3,500 people were detained and/or questioned there. Wow, nearly one per day in a city of nearly 3 million. Stop the presses!

    >>Lawyers and former police officers say that lack of access to a lawyer after the arrest and before booking – particularly during any interrogation, and particularly people from poor minority communities – puts a suspect’s rights in jeopardy.

    “In Chicago, the police do not provide people with attorneys at the police station at the times they most need them: when they’re subject to interrogation,” said Craig Futterman of the University of Chicago Law School. “That’s what the Miranda warning is all about: the right to counsel while interrogated by police.”

    I love how The Guardian makes it sound as if the CPD should have lawyers on staff and available for suspects. That's not going to happen, nor should it. If a suspect wants a lawyer, the suspect can request one. At that point, questioning stops. It's that simple. It's the duty of police to inform a suspect of his/her right to counsel and to respect any request that is made. But the police aren't going to just proactively assign counsel to suspects. There would be zero confessions, because no criminal defense attorney would ever let their client make a statement to police.

    EDIT: Fix italics

    EDITED: 2015-08-06 17:43:57

    Posted: August 6th, 2015 @ 5:42PM

    Trump is a self-aggrandizing blowhard douche who will be his own worst enemy. I'd be shocked if he got the GOP nomination, much less won the Presidency.

    With that said, I'd actually like to see him win--if only because I hope he'd speak his mind and do everything he could to offend the pussified SJW youth of this country. It would be good to see someone in charge who didn't constantly have his tail tucked between his legs and speak in carefully scripted non-answers.

    Posted: July 26th, 2015 @ 9:43AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Transgender

    Yibo is exactly right. There is no motivation by the majority to protect the status quo, but there's plenty of effort spent by fringe groups to enact change.

    You see this effect in universities too. How many college professors made their bones by doing lots of scholarly research and determining that things are just fine the way they are now?

    As for these trans-sexual people...man, I can't believe how this became mainstream. Not even 10-15 years ago the thought of turning a man's rocket into a pocket was lunacy. It happened, but it was widely considered a form of mental illness and self mutilation. Now we're all supposed to participate in this little charade like nothing is wrong.

    Posted: July 24th, 2015 @ 4:26AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Sandra Bland Dashcam Video Released - F the police!

    The focus on this traffic stop is really misplaced in my mind. It seems like something motivated by an attorney who wants to involve as many organizations with deep pockets as possible.

    The same woman who made some really, really bad decisions on this traffic stop also made a bad decision to end her own life in jail (in the custody of the Sheriff's Dept, not DPS mind you). That's the only connection I see between the traffic stop and her death--her puzzling behavior. I don't understand why the Trooper is suspended. How can he be held accountable for actions that occur days later under the authority of a different agency?

    Now I know the argument will be that none of this would have occurred had the Trooper let Bland go with a warning--therefore the Trooper has some liability for everything that followed.

    The way I view the traffic stop, the first interaction with Bland went fine. The Trooper returned with a warning, and at that point Bland displayed some attitude and wouldn't extinguish the cigarette. Maybe the Trooper changed his mind about the warning (he hadn't delivered it yet). He certainly could have had second thoughts about cutting this woman a break based on the change in her demeanor. So he decides on the spot to instead issue a citation. Now Bland is from far out of state (Illinois), and has already shown that she is not responsive to requests from law enforcement (refusing to extinguish the cigarette). Perhaps the Trooper thought she would fail to respond to the as-of-yet undelivered citation and never pay it. In TX, a traffic violator can be arrested and taken before a magistrate for even minor traffic offenses (I'm reading between the lines, but I assume this is to curtail people from out of state failing to respond to tickets). So, the Trooper determines he is going to arrest Bland and take her before a magistrate. We all know how it goes from there.

    Clearly my last paragraph is loaded with supposition and conjecture. The point is, until the investigation is complete and the Trooper explains his rationale, everyone is just guessing. Besides, the actions at the traffic stop are not really the issue.

    Posted: July 23rd, 2015 @ 5:15AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Police Killed More Americans In 2014 Than All U.S. Mass Shootings Combined (activistpost.com)

    I should know better than to respond, but here goes. Biv, I'm disappointed in you. Most people on this board already have their minds made up about a great many things (including me), however, you are generally reasonable.

    And contrary to popular belief, being a police officer isn't as dangerous as some would have you believe. It doesn't even crack the top ten (most recent stats I could find place them at #14

    I see this one trotted out all the time. The difference is that police are much more likely to be the victims of felonious assault than anyone that ranks above them for fatalities. People intentionally try to harm or kill police because of who they are and because of the job they do.

    And if you look at officer deaths by year, with the exception of 2001 (should be obvious why) the number has never exceeded 200 in the last 20 years.

    I think we would all agree that's a good thing, but it's not really relevant to this conversation. Maybe the police are getting the bad guy before the bad guy gets the cop?

    Meanwhile, according to the FBI violent crime has been trending downward over the last few years

    Causation? Could be better policing. Or maybe it's UCR downgrading by the local police agencies that report stats to the FBI. Still not sure how this ties in with where you're going.

    And yet, despite the relatively low number of officer deaths, the drop in violent crime, the militarization of the police in no small part due to the 1033 program has resulted in more and more unnecessary civilian casualties and deaths

    Here it is. The unsupported hypothesis. Or maybe the same smattering of facts that supported your hypothesis could be twisted and support the following: With better equipment and more aggressive policing, violent crime has been reduced and fewer police officers are being killed.

    But we first have to agree that there *is* a problem.

    I would agree that we're not on the same page.

    As for the original article that was posted. I only had to hover over the web address to know that it was propaganda garbage. Against my better judgment, I clicked the link and confirmed the same.

    The irony is that the same people who will talk about the relatively low number of total fatalities in mass shootings will turn right around and cry about gun control in the wake of mass shootings.

    Edit: Fixed italics issue

    EDITED: 2015-06-23 13:33:51

    Posted: June 23rd, 2015 @ 1:32PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Plane Registered To Film Composer James Horner Crashes North Of Santa Barbara

    Horner was a really great and under rated composer. Everyone knows John Williams, but Horner and John Barry are in the same league.

    I liked Horner's score for Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. It was perfect for the mood of the movie. He was only in his late 20s when he composed it.

    Posted: June 23rd, 2015 @ 1:01PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Commenting Dead

    I still enjoy the links as well as the few comments that people make. I come here a few times a day,

    I'd guess that most folks here are between 35-45. Our lives have gotten way busier in the last 20 years. Personally, I don't have much time to formulate well thought out comments...and I'm not changing anyone's mind about anything anyway.

    Posted: May 28th, 2015 @ 6:33PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Thursday Random News

    People who choose to go naked in public are never people you want to see naked.
    Posted: April 23rd, 2015 @ 11:54AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

    Despite the butcher job on 1-3 and despite the fact that JJ Abrams is involved, I'm pretty excited.
    Posted: April 16th, 2015 @ 7:02PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

    That brunette...
    Posted: April 1st, 2015 @ 11:48AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Lost Cat

    I'm really sorry for your loss. I had five cats and two dogs growing up. They were members of the family, and we loved them all very much. So I can relate. Try not to beat yourself up too much about what happened. Are you going to get another cat soon?
    Posted: February 3rd, 2015 @ 5:37AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Those Balls Are Perfect - Tom Brady Songified

    This might be the best one yet.
    Posted: January 30th, 2015 @ 1:34PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Dirty Cops or somewhat related

    RE: Attractive cop entraps teen

    I reply to this not to get into a debate about the legality of marijuana, because individuals already have their minds made up about that. Instead, I would like to point out how poor the journalism is with this article and how gullible people are to believe what they read on the Internet (shocking, I know).

    That Huffpo article was written by Tony Newman, who is the director for the Drug Policy Alliance. Take a look at Tony's writings, and you will see he has a particular viewpoint:

    Now consider that he is basing his Huffpo article on a very one sided segment from "This American Life". In the segment, the 18 year old (Justin Laboy) makes it sound as if he was entrapped by a female officer. The segment spends about 98% of the time presenting his side of the story. There really isn't any presentation of fact. It's merely Justin's (self-serving) version of events.

    I'm ashamed to admit I've spent about an hour or two scouring the Internet for follow up on this story. All I found was regurgitation of the American Life story and a bunch of reaction to it. Here and there I found some social media posts saying that Justin was full of shit and was no honor student, but there's no way to determine if the stories are credible.

    One fact I did find is Justin Laboy's arrest record(s) in Palm Beach County, FL:

    I can't direct link the dockets. You have to login as a public user, follow the instructions, and search his name. From there, you'll have to educate yourself on how to make sense of FL's dockets.

    He plead guilty on 12/14/11 and was sentenced to 3 years probation, 100 hours community service, drug testing, etc. Considering that entrapment is a defense, does this sound like something he should have agreed to if he has such a good story?

    It appears he violated his probation for the above sentence on two separate occasions (Dec of 2012 and July of 2013).

    He was also arrested in April 2013 for possession of marijuana.

    Based on a combination of common sense and Justin's subsequent actions, I find taking his story at face value to be highly dubious. Yet, why let facts or good journalism stand in the way of narrative?

    Posted: January 25th, 2015 @ 4:53AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: NFL Football Corrupt

    Who in this thread was talking about Madden?
    Posted: January 23rd, 2015 @ 3:02PM

    I'm a little late weighing in here, but as I read Nebu's myriad complaints about HLM, I have to ask if she's back to work. If she's not, I think that's the crux of the problem right there. If I recall correctly, when they first got together HLM had recently lost an accounting job. Shortly thereafter, they had M Bacon (plus there was a little boy from a prior relationship to take care of). Given the poor economy in 2008 (making it difficult to find work) and the cost of sending two kids to daycare, perhaps it made sense for HLM to stay home and be a homemaker.

    In the past seven years, Nebu's expense structure has gone up (house, trips, Disney passes, etc) and it sounds like his wages have either been stagnant or even down a bit. By the same token, M Bacon is now seven and in grade school. E is 11-ish, and probably pretty self-sufficient. If HLM isn't out there making $35-50,000 per year in the work force, then she ought to be. Even if it means pre or after school care for M Bacon and E, it's still worth it for the extra money. Assuming $10,000 per year in pre/post school care expenses and salary of $35,000/year, the take home should be about $1,800/month over and above what is currently rolling in. Perhaps more depending on deductions and tax brackets.

    Posted: January 22nd, 2015 @ 9:59AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: NFL Football Corrupt

    LINK to Belichick statement

    Coaches around the NFL are well known for being workaholics and control freaks. Even within this select group of individuals, Bill Belichick stands out for having his fingers in every last detail. There are numerous stories from former Belichick players about how they hated getting cornered by him in the hallway at practice during the week. He'd ask them all sorts of obscure questions about the player(s) they'd be lining up against, and he'd expect them to know the answers. Not only that, but Belichick knew the answers himself.

    For Belichick to get up during that press conference and take the Sgt Schultz defense ("I know nothing") is preposterous. I think there was even an internal contradiction in his own statement. He claimed to know nothing about the game ball process, yet later on he talks about how he would control the condition of balls during the practice week. My opinion: he's lying his ass off. It makes me wonder how many other things he gets away with. I highly doubt that Spygate and Deflategate are the two times he ever skirted the rules, and the NFL was 2-2 at catching him red handed.

    The deflation was likely driven by Tom Brady's preference for a softer ball, and I'd bet anything that Belichick knew all about the shenanigans that have lead us to this little scandal.

    EDIT: I saw someone make a joke along these lines: Belichick was absolutely outraged when he learned that 11 out of 12 balls were found to be deflated. He wants someone fired for leaving the 12th within standard.

    EDITED: 2015-01-22 10:40:29

    Posted: January 22nd, 2015 @ 9:38AM
    IN RESPONSE TO: SAUDI OIL MINISTER: I Don't Care If Prices Crash To $20 — We're Not Budging

    Huh? One of the big reasons for the cut in prices is the expansion of supply due to U.S. domestic oil exploration and development. Shale oil production, for instance, is profitable when oil is $80+ per barrel. It's in the Saudi's best interest for prices to crash, thus causing the U.S. oil industry to whither. It's really a question of who can take more pain: foreign governments that depend heavily on oil revenue (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela, etc) or private oil companies that are developing U.S. oil fields. Either way, the consumer benefits until a victor is declared.
    Posted: December 23rd, 2014 @ 5:11PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: Giorgio Moroder - Chase

    A good remix of this track that I used to listen to about 15 years ago:

    Giorgio Moroder vs Jam and Spoon - The Chase

    Or the weird video for the same:
    Jam and Spoon The Chase remix

    Posted: December 21st, 2014 @ 4:15PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: A town ravaged by anger: Before and after pictures show extent of damage to buildings in Ferguson

    bomberman +1

    Also, this was not a racial issue until the usual suspects and race baiters made it into one. The real issue was whether the use of force was justified. A grand jury concluded that there was no probable cause to indict Wilson. Case closed. Move on people.

    Posted: November 27th, 2014 @ 5:31PM
    IN RESPONSE TO: New Computer

    I mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. Hardware Revolution is a good reference site for those into DIY computer assembly. The site's author does an excellent job reviewing individual components and giving templates for systems within a given budget. You can mix and match on the components as you see fit, but he does a nice job of explaining which parts work well with one another.


    Posted: November 12th, 2014 @ 11:00AM

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