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  • Sep 13th, 2019 @ 4:41am

    For what reason did this happen?

    Why did these effed up cops do this in the first place? They don't have enough to do? What did the mother claim? If it was just seeing some drugs getting enjoyed, WTF? If it were up to me, every arrest these guys made that resulted in a conviction would be thrown out.

    Why aren't more folks disgusted with the mother's actions? Would she try that again if she has any more children smoking some weed or doing a a few lines of coke? Who needs corrupt cops when your own mother will turn you in?

  • Aug 14th, 2019 @ 3:32am

    "up to the task

    " pretty ridiculous, but this is Dennis Prager we're talking about, and he's up to the task"

    heeehee, god that's good, really hilarious.

    Might be a good time to remind folks that reality has a liberal bias. That orange thing in the oval office and the sickophants who support it are making that truer than ever.

  • Aug 10th, 2019 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Disturbing implications

    They may be part of the same group, and so accept what they say, but then, they are also in position to observe how often what they said doesn't match the truth, as in court scenarios, not some interaction out on the street or wherever. DAs/US Attorneys should not be allowed to be judges, there's too much of a built in bias, but that's where most come from I think, it's true for the feds/US Attorneys.

  • Aug 10th, 2019 @ 3:52am

    Disturbing implications

    It's kinda scary to think there are judges who apparently rubber stamp the warrants that come across their desks. Given their position, you'd think they'd trust cops less than you're typical young black male. That would be an interesting survey, what percentage of judges would trust LEOs.

  • Aug 10th, 2019 @ 3:39am

    Re: "the recent neutering of ... net neutrality", eh?

    Wow, you talk as if you know something about writing. "neutering neutrality"--What's there to 'sheesh' about? Alittle alliteration never hurt anyone, I bet you're one of those people who think words are sacrosanct things one mustn't diddle with. As for adjectives not informing? You gotta be kidding? I don't know where to begin with such an absurdity, so I'll just say that's the dullest comment I've heard, speaking superlatively.

  • Aug 9th, 2019 @ 5:00am

    Re: "Isn't that a violation of double jeopardy?"

    Do you mean using past criminal records? No, double jeopardy pertains to being tried twice for the same crime. Your past criminal record is almost always used in determining sentencing, your un-expunged criminal record supposedly. Besides, double jeopardy is almost a laughable anachronism in many circumstances, especially drug crimes. The states have their laws and the feds have theirs, it's "dual sovereignty”, so if the state tries you and you walk, the feds can still step in and take their shot. If you're really unlucky and travel, you can have multiple states charge and try you for the same crime as long as there is some pretext that the crime affects both states. DAs are very creative in these things.

  • Aug 6th, 2019 @ 11:06am

    Re: Re:

    You're only looking at the engineering cost to figure out the fix. What about implementation, notification, tech support, PR, etc? It's common to see fines that are less than 10%, even 1% of the profits a corp earned from the behavior being fined, the fines easily absorbed, looked at as a minor cost, not anything that could deter the behavior. If you want to stop the behavior, I agree, hold execs to account, but fines that would significantly hurt the corporation would also work, best to do both. One way to do this would be fines figured at say, 500% of the excess profits, that would et their attention.

  • Aug 6th, 2019 @ 5:06am

    (untitled comment)

    Does anyone think Cisco's costs to fix the problem would be anywhere under $8.6 million? Can anyone point to a fine that was more than the net gain resulting from the fined behavior? Shouldn't fines be a negative incentive? WTF is wrong with this picture?

  • Aug 6th, 2019 @ 4:50am

    New SWAT uniforms

    These incidences lead me to suggest a more appropriate uniform for teams that collectively act with such bravery and professionalism would be pink tutus. Great optics...

  • Jul 30th, 2019 @ 4:10am

    Cops have become such craven weasels these days

    Someone said it above, the cops here display profound cowardice and dishonesty. It was only a few years ago in a drug raid that they threw one of these flashbangs into a baby's crip, severely burning it. I don't think they suffered much in the way of consequences. It's a difficult and dangerous job, but that job is to protect the citizens from criminals, not to protect themselves from the citizens.

  • Apr 23rd, 2019 @ 5:31am

    The [ongoing] insanity of the drug war

    It's funny how often we hear about how long the War on Terror has lasted when the drug war is still going strong after nearly 5 decades. You'd have to be on drugs to not realize the insanity behind it. The drug laws and their enforcement have caused far more harm than drug use could ever hope to.

    I wonder what Al Capone thought about Prohibition? What do those chemo therapy sufferers who found relief only with marijuana think about the millions of folk who never got a chance to get similar relief because the law made it impossible? I'm sure Colombia was quite happy when our laws did such wonderful things for it's government, especially certain Supreme Court magistrates, 11 of them wiki says.

    And of course there's the mass of really bad law arising from drug cases and the over-zealous DAs, US Attorneys and judges who can't abide our personal choices about what to put in our own bodies. I wonder which has led to more really awful law, drugs or child porn? Maybe we should talk to Peggy McMartin and get her thoughts on the matter?

  • Nov 28th, 2018 @ 4:02am

    Rent seeking

    This practice seems rather similar to rent seeking. Here, they're putting in a lot of effort to gain advantage by smearing their competitors. Rent seeking involves focusing effort and resources to gain advantages like monopoly in some area, exclusive markets,lobbying for regulations that favor only their company, or entry barriers,etc, trying to increase profits in ways that do nothing to improve productivity, improve the product, increase customer satisfaction, or improve their basic technologies.

    An economy that becomes more and more dominated by rent seeking activities is an economy that is on the road to collapse. Our economy, surprise surprise, is becoming ever more dominated by rent seeking activities.

  • Oct 19th, 2018 @ 10:46am

    What need od experts?

    You almost could have stopped after "there are currently twice as many talk radio hosts as scientists" Congressional members. A sign of a country becoming dominated by those who look down on education and expertise, thinking of anyone with a PhD as someone with “little letters behind their names". Apparently, our current president is the most expert of experts in EVERYTHING, he surely needs no help understanding ANYTHING. You no longer need to acquire expertise, you can assert it and rise to the top in our idiocracy..

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 9:28am

    It's obviously not about trade

    It should be immediately obvious TPP isn't about trade, just by reading its title. Like orgs with 'family' in their name, or 'religious freedom' laws, or 'voter fraud' laws, if nefarious deeds are afoot, you name your effort with the antithesis of your intentions.