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  • Sep 24th, 2018 @ 1:41am

    'We must protect them from people they're not worried about!'

    For example, although both components introduced new reporting systems in FY 2016, law enforcement officers continue to use informal methods instead to document assaults and remain unfamiliar with these reporting systems. Further, the officers do not always report acts of physical resistance or attempted assaults, even when required to do so.

    Ignoring for a second the novel math they have that can turn six people 'assaulting' seven into over a hundred 'assaults', the points they raise here would seem to undercut the goal they're aiming for(portraying the job as more hazardous), and undercut those doing it by portraying them as incompetent.

    If an agent can't be bothered to learn how to report on being assaulted then that shows a serious lack of professionalism and/or competence in the job. On the other hand if they can't be bothered then clearly they didn't think that the 'assault' was worth noting, such that those trying to spin the job as highly dangerous are doing so based upon claims that the ones actually involved apparently wouldn't agree with, creating 'danger' where none exists.

    And of course there's the inevitable question/hypocrisy test: By the very standards they are using/proposing, how many 'assaults' are committed by the agents involved, and how concerned are they in tracking those numbers? I somehow suspect that interest in those numbers are vastly lower on the priorities list, if it's there at all.

  • Sep 24th, 2018 @ 12:57am

    Just a part of their nature.

    Fish swim.

    Birds fly.

    Blue lies.

  • Sep 23rd, 2018 @ 11:59pm

    Re: Re: Three things

    Someone sure seems to be obsessing over the guy in the comment section of this article, I wonder who could have reason to be so focused on him and/or a site that hosts court documents that certain individuals would apparently prefer not be public despite being court documents...

  • Sep 23rd, 2018 @ 5:40pm

    'Highlighting our atrocities is hateful!'

    It's 'hateful' to discus police beating up people attempting to vote, simply because their parents might be cops? Yeah, no, as attempts to justify a 'hate-speech lawsuit' that one is beyond pathetic.

    If their parents were involved, then they deserve to have their abhorrent actions called out. If they weren't, then it's not talking about them. And if its 'hateful' to bring it up, how hateful is it to act like it didn't happen, for those who's parents were beat up?

    This assumes it even happened anyway, the article talks about the director denying even that, noting that in a group of students in the three to six-year old range such a discussion would be near impossible to manage, so the truth of the matter would seem to be up in the air still.

  • Sep 23rd, 2018 @ 12:10am

    Re: Re: Re: ISP

    Hi Michael, nice of you to show up, though really, if that was the best you could come up with you really should have saved yourself the effort.

  • Sep 22nd, 2018 @ 1:41pm

    Kinda missing the point

    Half? A third, maybe a fourth. You can get a used current gen console for $200, but new's going to put you back just a bit more.

    Regardless, the same could be said for Nintendo's offering, yet that thing flew off the shelves, despite all the problems you noted, and importantly despite the fact that emulation and free roms have been a thing for years.

    Yes it's costly(though as I noted above depending on the games it could be a decent deal), and yes it's much more limited than the entirely library, but it's all but a given that it will sell like mad, nicely demonstrating once again that it is in fact possible to compete with free.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 4:05pm


    'Passw0rd' perhaps, but not 'passw0rd'. Gotta have an upper-case letter in there after all, makes it much more secure.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 3:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: 'Offending others is terrible... unless we're doing it.'

    So long as it's not done to excess I don't really see it as much different than putting certain words italics or bold, as just another way to emphasize certain words or points.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 3:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: 'Offending others is terrible... unless we're doing it.'

    Sexual orientation is a choice? Well damn, in that case when did you choose to be straight? At what point in your life did you decide, 'You know, I'm tired of being asexual, not being interested in or attracted to either gender, I think from this day forth I'll be attracted to [whatever gender you are not].' How long did it take you to make the choice, and what factors went into the decision?

    Also under that model how monumentally stupid are those kids who choose to be gay in situations where it could get them harassed, bullied and/or kicked out of their houses, didn't they know they could just choose to be straight and avoid all that?

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 3:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: 'Offending others is terrible... unless we're doing it.'

    No, I'm not, I'm saying the 'calling cops 'pigs' is equal to calling blacks and homosexuals 'niggers' and 'fags' respectively' argument is compete garbage.

    One of those you choose to be. Two of those you don't.

    Two of those have a much nastier history attached to them, one of them doesn't.

    All of them might be insulting, but two of them are vastly worst than the third.

    As for using the word and your objection to it, I don't bother with 'pig' myself when I refer to corrupt cops(fictional or otherwise), as I prefer titles like 'thug' instead, which I can't help but wonder if you also object to.

    I also try to refrain from applying that label broadly(though I'll use 'corrupt' freely for reasons I've noted before, but which can be listed in tl;dr version as the standard 'A good cop who covers for a bad cop isn't a good cop'), and would object to people who do so even as I can easily understand why they would do so, though I have no problem with using it on a case-by-case basis because in those cases the one I'm using the slur against earned it by their actions.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: 'Offending others is terrible... unless we're doing it.'

    As I noted above the comparison between the slurs is not an equal one. One of them is based upon something you choose, the other two are not. Treating them as equivalent doesn't really hold up.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 2:21pm

    Re: Re: And they still feel the need to keep fighting

    A CASUAL mention of something like "Calling a police officer a "pig" is no different than calling a black person 'the N-world'" should have sufficed, and not required anything further.

    The comparison really isn't equivalent, as pointed out in the article. Only one of those groups you choose to be a member of, the other two you're stuck with like it or not, and I'm pretty sure that the historical background between the words and how they've been used is just a wee bit different in scope and severity.

    That it DID go further makes me suspect the student kept doing so after being told to stop.

    Or that they were a pair of hypocrites on a power-trip, punishing her for not being properly subservient. She might have used the word again. They did use the comparison words again.

    Despite objecting to these slurs, Defendants O’Leary and Spuckes continued to utter them in front of her.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 2:03pm

    'Offending others is terrible... unless we're doing it.'

    Well, the lawsuit states the student supposedly offended by this wasn't even in the room when the "pig" comment was made.

    Despite objecting to these slurs, Defendants O’Leary and Spuckes continued to utter them in front of her.

    So offending someone who isn't even in the room(assuming they even were offended) is terrible, worthy of suspension, yet doing the same thing so someone's face is perfectly fine.

    What lovely, grossly hypocritical, and hopefully soon to be jobless individuals.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Paperwork?

    And BLM isn't helping by teaching kids to flee the police, which actually is more likely to get them killed according to the washing Post database on police shootings.

    If running away from police increases your odds of being shot I'm pretty sure the problem isn't on BLM's side.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 1:42pm

    "As you can see my record is spotless."

    Someone totally abuses the GDPR's Right to be Forgotten to try to delete evidence of an ongoing lawsuit against himself,

    Hardly a wonder politicians were so gung-ho for the law given it can be used for this, the ability to wipe evidence of ongoing legal action against someone would be extremely useful for any politician or would-be politician who wants to disappear a few damning bits of evidence to clean up their image in time for election day.

  • Sep 21st, 2018 @ 1:31pm


    20 games for $100 leaves each game costing $5. Depending on the games that's not too bad even if the selection is but a tiny fraction of the overall library for the system.

  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 6:22pm


    That actually is a fair assessment of what I said, however I was merely turning their own argument against them to highlight it's flaws and their potential hypocrisy when it came time for them to put it into practice in a way that would impact them.

    I certainly understand that there's a difference between the two, however their 'all or nothing' assertion eliminates context, such that there's no real difference between the two actions under their argument, which I attempted to make clear with my example.

    This makes the insults and attempts at acting superior all the funnier in my mind, because I'd agree, my example is rather stupid, however the reason for that is because of what I had to work with.

  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Fabricated list

    Given the level of skill they demonstrated trying to pretend that there wasn't mass comment fraud, and/or pretend that they got DDoS'd rather than swamped with people angry with them I'd expect any such attempt would be quickly seen through.

  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 2:02pm

    Re: Re: It was a WARNING, not a To-Do list

    Past politicians perhaps, the current ones seem to see it as a personal challenge.

    'I can top that.'

  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 1:59pm

    Mission accomplished?

    Well, they wanted to make a point, and I'd say they did so and then some.

    'I can not be trusted with any amount of power and authority, and for sanity's sake never put me in a position of power over children' was probably not the intended point they were going for however.

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