But if they were a bit more selective about picking their fights, they might be considerably more effective in lending believable vocal support to those of their members who are not as far gone as these ones.
The police unions are extremely selective in the fights they wage. They will defend the most horrific criminal behavior when it's committed by an LEO. However, if the rare honest cop comes forward to expose a violent police crime or uncovers the thug culture of a department, that same union will subject the whistleblower to the most scathing public attack they can muster.
Defending corrupt police officers is just a subsidiary mission; the union's main role is upholding the privilege of cops to violate our rights.
The "underperforming" line refers to this part of the story: "A police drug dog signaled the presence of drugs in Pedro’s van, which was parked outside the house...A second dog alerted to the safe. No drugs, however, were found in either the van or the safe."
It's pretty obvious that, like most drug dogs do, these canines were simply following the cues of their handlers (based on police guesswork). It's government magic.
Please don’t muddy the water. They are called “recreational drugs” only because they are not used to treat illness. Like all prohibitionists, you are conflating addiction (chemical and emotional dependency) with the actual substances themselves. It’s an extremely authoritarian stance. If we don’t have dominion over our own bodies, then we have no rights that matter.
No trolling, just trying to parse your cognitive dissonance.
Given all of the social problems associated with alcohol, and your strong moral convictions about recreational substances, what is stopping you from advocating alcohol re-prohibition, and demanding that liquor store-owning scum be eradicated? I'm not claiming that it's "politically feasible," I'm saying you should be consistent and honest about your beliefs.
Yeah, right. Nearly everyone is just itching to feast on those cheap, plentiful, addictive drugs the moment they get decriminalized. The only thing separating normal folks from abject junkiedom is the potential for arrest. Because Americans would never break the law.
I was addicted to heroin for many years, and you could not be more wrong. Your belief that problems in society stem from not enough punishment is a medieval religious fantasy.
Allow me to modify your argument: "Violence can kill you, but [the legal system] is quite literally a fate worse than death, because it enslaves you, strips you of your dignity and your humanity, destroys your relationships with family and friends, impoverishes you, destroys your health, and all too often drives you to crime, before finally killing you." I got off the drugs, but there's no escaping the system.
Leaving the drug trade in the hands of criminals and street gangs is the whole point of prohibition. They don't want things safer. It is only nominally about abolishing some arbitrary group of recreational substances.
The US government only benefits when people die in this drug war. The carnage creates fear among the public, who clamor for more fewer rights and unconstitutional laws. It ensures there is always an enemy, an "other" - satisfying the country's eternal craving for war - and provides unlimited funding for militaristic pork. And it justifies any and all social control of the underclass.
For politicians, a poison- and violence-ridden black market is a feature, not a bug.
Chu and his gang are disingenuous scumbags. I think that Mike, as well as many others who have been studiously dissecting this guy's inane, incoherent proclamations, are incorrect to simply assume he's an idiot. Chu understands what he is proposing; he just figures that his tribe would be well-placed to game any new system. His critics blame stupidity for what should properly be attributed to malice.
The PEN signatories to that protest should be ashamed of themselves. Stripping away all political and social context of "selected" Hebdo cartoons, they made reckless accusations of racism based on their own ignorance of the French language.
I hate it when people smugly conflate the "right to free speech" and the concept that free speech is an incredibly important human value that's worth defending.
These are two different things. Yes, the first is only concerned with government action. The latter ideal is more broad, and exercising it requires some personal integrity, not simply passing the buck.
I’m going to grant many of your vague assertions as if they were true. Your position is not that the INS should lay off the Chinese kid’s grieving parents, but that INS should instead work harder to make everybody else’s lives miserable with red tape? This faith in a strong daddy-government must bring comfort.
It's much more of a grey area then you make it sound. The drivers are tied to Uber's service in order to obtain customers. Uber retains control of compensation, vehicle standards and can lay off drivers at will.
In other words, they are freelancers, like me and lots of other folks.
These guys can't just go and be an independent taxi driver at any time.
Blame the well-connected taxi cartel and their corrupt pet politicians for that, not people trying to create an alternative. Artificially shrinking the labor force isn't gonna solve anything.