Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the abuse-of-power dept

This week, we could easily replace “insight” with “outrage,” plenty of which was generated by the shocking story of gross violations by the police in searching David Eckert. Both of this week’s top voted comments were responses to that post. First up, That One Guy with some suggestions for the police:

This is a perfect example of why a growing number of people see the police force as a whole as no better(if not worse) than the criminals they are supposed to be around to deal with.

You want to repair your rep with the people, even if a bit? Start calling, vocally, loudly, and most importantly publicly for criminal charges, jail time, and immediate firing(none of that ‘paid vacation/suspension’ crap, the facts are abundantly clear here) of those thugs/’officers’ involved.

Hide behind the infamous ‘blue wall of silence, and stay silent on this case, and you do nothing more, and nothing less, than show why more and more of the public are coming to view the police force as no more than thugs with badges.

Trailing just a couple of votes behind, we’ve got Ninja expanding on Tim Cushing’s initial statement that the story rendered him nearly speechless:

I share the feeling. I believe most readers will agree. These officers must be jailed and stripped of any authority. And the doctors should be severely punished too but I’m not sure how.

I’m guessing people would rather be stopped by muggers now than interact with the police in the US, no? I know that feeling quite well unfortunately.

For editor’s choice — though it’s a little unfair to give one to someone who already won — it’s worth highlighting That One Guy’s reply to Ninja’s second place comment, thus rounding out the top three on that post:

A mugger? He can rob you, maybe rough you up a bit, and if you honestly think your life is in danger, you can fight back to protect yourself.

A cop though? He can rough you up, throw you in jail or ticket you on some trumped up charge, and if you think you’re in danger and try and defend yourself you’re likely to get tazed, pepper-sprayed, beaten, possibly shot, and then (assuming you survive)to add insult to injury you’ll be charged with ‘resisting arrest’ and ‘assaulting a police officer’, likely leading to massive fines if not jail time.

Yeah, I’d take a mugger over a cop any day, the mugger is far less of a threat.

(And to those that inevitably will chime in with ‘not all cops are like that’, that’s nice, but how are you supposed to know before your face eats asphalt that the cop you’re dealing with is a sociopath, and what, other than hope you don’t set them off somehow, are you supposed to do if the cop is a nutjob on a powertrip?)

The illustrative irony is that, if faced with a mugger, you would generally be happy if a cop turned up — but if faced with an abusive cop, you have nowhere to turn.

For the second editor’s choice we’ll move to a different post in the same vein and highlight a reply from Trails to the TSA’s latest abuse and weak PR response:

Protip: If you have to tell people you’re the good guys, you’re not the good guys.

Over on the funny side, we start out with the post about a new We The People petition demanding UK-style porn filtering on ISPs. The petition included the bizarre assertion that a Google search for “cat” turns up porn, when in fact it mostly turns up… cats. One anonymous commenter had an explanation:

Yes, but most of those cats are naked!

In second place, we’ve got Ima Fish with a humorous misreading of our headline about Apple’s latest aggressive move:

I misread the title and thought Apple killed off its own sales website. I assumed that Apple was so hip and exclusive that it refuses to sell its own products.

For editor’s choice on the funny side, first we’ve got one more comment from our post about the anti-porn petition. Arsik Vek provided a quotable rejoinder to such nonsense:

Porn is a standard feature of my ISP in the same way that milk is a standard feature of my car. I can use it to go get some.

And finally, in response to the news that trademark law may be used to get the controversial slur out of a football team’s name, an anonymous commenter offered details of the story as he heard it:

I heard the Washington Redskins were contemplating a name change that would remove “Washington” from their name because it was embarrassing.

Zing! That’s all for this week.

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Anonymous Coward says:

A cop though? He can rough you up, throw you in jail or ticket you on some trumped up charge, and if you think you’re in danger and try and defend yourself you’re likely to get tazed, pepper-sprayed, beaten, possibly shot, and then (assuming you survive)to add insult to injury you’ll be charged with ‘resisting arrest’ and ‘assaulting a police officer’, likely leading to massive fines if not jail time.

Don’t forget they have the power to make you the subject of an ongoing investigation and have others keep harassing you along with now taking the tools of the surveillance state to examine what was done by you in the past and change you with that.

Along with giving a “tip” to another branch of enforcement and see what crimes they can slap you around with.

How many muggers have a gang? How many muggers have other gangs they can call on to keep on mugging you?

The Prick says:

A POS system...

To whomever wrote the POS system advertisement. POS doesn’t mean what you think it does. When I see POS I don’t think “Point of sale” is think “Piece Of Shit”. The Piece Of Shit System that does everything you need of it is a seriously less than inspiring title. Techdirt is always writing about how content is advertising and advertising is content. Could you PLEASE up the quality of your addcopy and catch little absurdities like this so that we don’t wind up snickering behind your back like naughty little schoolboys?

Because if this is techdirt’s idea of content, I am honestly underwhelmed. Step up your game.

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 A POS system...

It may not be aimed at normal people, but normal people see it.

POS (meaning Piece of Shit) dates back to at least the 1950s and is still going strong. POS (meaning Point of Sale) goes back to the early 1970s. From the first time I heard it used to mean Point of Sale it amused and confused me — why would any marketing people go with an acronym that makes your product sound, well, like a piece of shit to most ordinary people?

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