Posts by absalom01

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  • Another Race-Based Attack In St Louis – Three Black Youth Drag White Woman From Vehicle For Beating…

    12/06/2014 11:18:03 PM PST · 24 of 39
    absalom01 to TigersEye

    Excellent idea. Commonplace in Russia due to rampant insurance fraud. Sad that we’ve reached that level.

  • Another Race-Based Attack In St Louis – Three Black Youth Drag White Woman From Vehicle For Beating…

    12/06/2014 10:47:55 PM PST · 22 of 39
    absalom01 to TigersEye

    “...the suspects displayed a firearm and ordered her to stop ...”

    Exactly. If anyone ever does this to you, run him down. Deadly force is clearly justified, legally and morally, as this is unambiguously a self-defense situation.

  • Help! Can't print Google maps anymore...what happened?

    12/06/2014 10:40:39 PM PST · 38 of 63
    absalom01 to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

    Had similar trouble with XP Pro a couple of months ago. Was able to print to a .pdf file, and then print that. Worked for me, your milage may vary.

  • How Michael Brown Might Have Been Arrested Without the Use of Deadly Force

    11/29/2014 11:09:12 AM PST · 88 of 180
    absalom01 to kabar

    Pardon me for butting in. “Dunphy” in the piece isn’t so much second guessing, as offering a debrief, something that is done, or should be done, after every encounter like this by those involved. The purpose is to ask “what did we do right, and what could we do better next time.”

    That said, Dunphy touched on something I’ve wondered about. After pouring through the record, it’s clear that Wilson heard the initial call about a “stealing”, or petty theft, a misdemeanor at the liquor store. And like any good cop, knowing he was in the area, we went to look for the suspects when he had finished his call with the sick baby. What’s not clear is that the units at the liquor store ever put out information that it was a robbery, a felony.

    Wilson’s initial contact, after he realized that Brown matched the description of the “stealing” suspect was consistent with trying to delay a misdemeanor suspect pending arrival of a backup unit. “what’s wrong with the sidewalk” etc., trying to distract and de-escalate until the second unit got there that he had called for. The problem with that was that Brown knew he had just committed a felony strong-arm robbery, even if Wilson did not. You can’t divert your partners for every single misdemeanor stop, but you sure as heck want to try to wait for backup before trying make a felony stop. It isn’t always possible, but it’s what you hope to be able to do.

    And after the fact: the media believed uncritically the story Dorian Johnson told “Hands up”, even after it emerged that Johnson was an accomplice in the Robbery. Next time, police commanders and media relations officers need to be cognizant of that tendency, and be ready to counter with facts and information that challenge the media narrative.

    Asking the question isn’t the same as making excuses for Brown’s criminal behavior, either at the store, or on Canfield. He, and he alone bears responsibility for his own death. But we can learn: the Mike Browns of the world are still among us, and we must try to take what lessons we can from this episode to “do better” next time.

  • Cop Filmed Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman on Highway (2 VIDEO's)

    07/06/2014 12:15:20 AM PDT · 98 of 106
    absalom01 to Thumper1960

    Look, I’m not the expert, it seems that you are. He had a dominant position if he wanted to inflict injury, but (and i’m just going on the video here), that’s not what he wanted...he just wanted her to stop thrashing around and whatever else she was doing and get the cuffs on. Which happened quickly enough once the other fellow showed up and rolled the woman over on her stomach so that the officer could get her hands behind her back and apply the cuffs.

    But I’m still trying to figure out how he could have so easily applied the cuffs without injuring her...again, I’m no expert, but as I understand it, you want the hands behind the back, and since handcuffs are oval, and not round, you have to put them on so that they are aligned with the wrist bones, otherwise you can really jack someone up.

    So, how do you do that from the position they were both in? Really, I’d like to know how. You insist it’s easy, so surely it can’t be that hard to explain. Pray, enlighten me.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Cop Filmed Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman on Highway (2 VIDEO's)

    07/05/2014 4:42:31 PM PDT · 93 of 106
    absalom01 to Thumper1960

    And I’m calling Godwin’s law.

    Just fyi.

  • Cop Filmed Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman on Highway (2 VIDEO's)

    07/05/2014 4:39:45 PM PDT · 92 of 106
    absalom01 to Thumper1960
    Thanks, again, for proving my point. But help me out here...where did anyone on this thread say that she "deserved it"? That's right, no one did. "If this tan shirted NAZI is so incompetent to be unable to handcuff a woman ..." Well, that's exactly what he did..handcuff her. You don't like the way he did that. Please, tell us, specifically, how you would have done it differently.
  • Cop Filmed Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman on Highway (2 VIDEO's)

    07/05/2014 3:01:58 PM PDT · 89 of 106
    absalom01 to Georgia Girl 2

    Thanks for proving my point, GG.

    This happened about two miles from my office — I use that onramp regularly, and there’s a group of “homeless” people who sometimes panhandle at that location. About two weeks ago, a “new’ person showed up, who could even be this woman. She didn’t so much panhandle, as yell at passing cars, and on occasion just step out into moving traffic. This could be the same person, or someone different, it doesn’t really matter, but it does color my own perception of the events because I know, from seeing it with my own eyes, that there are occasionally crazy people at that location who really do wander around in traffic. It’s insanely dangerous, places everyone at great risk, and is manifestly something that I want the cops to address...either by citing the non-crazy people for the VC violation (to try to get them to stop), or taking the crazy ones for a 5150 evaluation (so they can get some help, at least temporarily). The way we deal with psychotics is a topic for a different day: at the moment, we’ve dumped them on the street, where we expect the cops to deal with them.

    So, I fully believe that this person was a danger to self/others. The cop had a couple of choices: play shoo fly, tell her to get out of traffic and leave. Of course, she’ll be right back at it as soon as he’s gone. Or, do what he decided to do (his duty, by the way), and take her 5150.

    Now, you don’t like the fact that he had to use force to do that, and you don’t like the force that he did use. I get that. But, since you’re the expert, what would the proper course of action have been? Seriously, you seem to have a better idea, and I’d like to hear it.

  • Cop Filmed Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman on Highway (2 VIDEO's)

    07/05/2014 1:24:14 PM PDT · 75 of 106
    absalom01 to wiggen

    She was taken for a 72 hour hold (section 5150 of the california health and safety code). According to the radio report at the time, she had been running in and out of traffic on the La Brea onramp of the 10 freeway. Which is basically suicide at rush hour. So that’s what the evaluation was for. They’ll adjust her meds and release her. She’ll stop taking her anti-psychotics, and maybe self-medicate, and some other cop will get the call, again, and have to figure out how to take her back to the psych ward, again. And the FReeper peanut gallery can have fun calling that next cop a ‘nazi’ or something similar, again.

  • It's time to soften purchasing rules on suppressors

    06/05/2014 5:11:08 PM PDT · 27 of 30
    absalom01 to rktman

    Now this is a “common sense gun law” that I can get behind. Supressors for all!

  • Victim's dad meets the father of California killer Elliot Rodger to find 'common ground'

    06/02/2014 11:52:09 AM PDT · 40 of 40
    absalom01 to windcliff

    This guy is being amazingly strategic for a man who just lost his son, makes me wonder about him.

    In any case, California already has all of the “common sense” gun laws the anti-gun people keep yammering on about - registration, waiting periods, bans on full-capacity magazines, a defacto requirement for a licence to buy a pistol , you name it.

    What’s he going to come up with? Clearly he wants an outright ban, but he’s being coy.

  • Being a cynic linked to tripled risk of developing dementia, Finland study suggests

    05/29/2014 1:41:42 PM PDT · 13 of 56
    absalom01 to BBell

    I’m in trouble.

    Wait, what were we talking about?

  • Sterling Refuses to Pay NBA Fine

    05/16/2014 10:27:22 PM PDT · 66 of 67
    absalom01 to tcrlaf

    I just figured all along that Magic and some other folks who wanted the team set this all up. Stiviano cleary didn’t dream this up on her own....

  • Doctors Fight the NRA Over Gun Safety

    05/15/2014 10:25:46 AM PDT · 9 of 17
    absalom01 to ForYourChildren

    Back in the early 90’s, when the kids were little and this issue was fresh with the APA, there was a standard flyer type of handout that the APA sent to its members. Our doc was enthusiastic about it, and i remember her bringing it up one time asking all sorts of stupid questions, and parroting the then-current nonsense about how “guns in the home” were more likely to be used against family and loved ones than intruders. (Google Kellerman 1993 for the genesis of these lies.)

    Rather than getting angry, I figured this was a “teachable moment” — she wanted to talk about guns, so I figured, “let’s talk about guns”. Offered to take her to the range (she declined), but a few days later, after a trip to the local public library (yes, this was before the internet), I was able to find a copy of both Kellerman’s “study”, and Dr. Scheafer’s rebuttal to it. You can’t read both and not realize that Kellerman was lying through his teeth — that whatever motivated the gun control histrionics of the time, it clearly wasn’t public safety.

    To her credit, she told me that she had stopped that line of inquiry with all of her patients.

    The point of this long-winded post, I guess, is that on occasion these interactions are an opportunity to counter the lies of the left. Rather than indulging in the righteous outrage that this stuff certainly engenders, sometimes you can help an honest, but befuddled person to see the light.

  • The U.K. could teach the U.S. a thing or two about guns: Guest opinion

    05/12/2014 6:23:48 PM PDT · 62 of 64
    absalom01 to cripplecreek

    These people keep yammering on about “common sense” gun laws. And, you know what, I’m ready to get on board with that discussion.

    First, let’s talk about reforming the 1934 National Firearms Act, by removing the notorious tax on suppressors and automatic firearms. Guns can be noisy, so it’s just “common sense” that you should be able to fit a suppressor to reduce the noise volume.

    Second, it’s time to acknowledge the racist roots of the 1968 Gun Control Act, and at minimum, eliminate the “sporting purposes” limitation on imported firearms.

    Third, the crime-reducing and life-saving effects of “shall issue” CCW laws are beyond honest debate. Let’s get a national CCW reciprocity law passed.

    Just a start, mind you, but one has to start somewhere.

  • Greenpeace sails out to confront Russian tanker

    04/28/2014 10:56:50 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    absalom01 to wetphoenix

    They are so brave. Meeting this ship in Holland instead of in the waters of those pansy Russians.

  • In California, a Fevered Rush for Gun Permits

    04/27/2014 11:40:39 AM PDT · 4 of 12
    absalom01 to Theoria

    The linked story includes this : “Martin J. Mayer, the counsel to the California Police Chiefs Association, which also appealed the decision, said, “We all know a proliferation of weapons will increase the potential of them being used, whether you are talking about a domestic violence dispute, a road rage situation or a barroom brawl.”

    OK, twenty years ago, before CCW permits were “shall issue” in a majority of states, this was at least a respectable line of argument, or at least a testable hypothesis. Now, we don’t have to speculate, since we’ve got crime data going back to the mid 90’s when the “shall issue’ movement started to grow.

    There is no longer room for disagreement on the facts: shall issue CCW laws do not lead to more “road rage” shootings, shootings following a bar room brawl, or any such thing. All that’s left to dispute is to what degree, and for which crimes, does shall issue reduce crime.

    Anyone who continues to use this long-discredited trope of the “wild west” should be publicly mocked and shamed. They do not deserve the courtesy of a reasoned argument.

  • Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions

    04/24/2014 10:21:19 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    absalom01 to reaganaut1

    Sauce for the goose.

  • Nebraska School Gives Most Idiotic Advice Ever to Deal with Bullies

    04/18/2014 10:45:26 AM PDT · 9 of 52
    absalom01 to massmike

    This has got to be some sort of parody...

  • Nevada Showdown: All Hat, No Cattle (Hurl Alert applicable?)

    04/15/2014 8:21:45 AM PDT · 20 of 115
    absalom01 to wideawake

    All true, and as John Hinderaker pointed out on his Powerline post from yesterday, just because Bundy doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on, he still deserves our sympathy. While there is probably no direct nexus between the solar power project and the Bundy’s problems, there is no question that the BLM is implementing a scheme that will drive every last rancher off of the land, and free up the resource for other, better connected interests.

    Bundy’s situation is not dissimilar from those living in anti-gun states who all of a sudden find themselves owning “illegal assault rifles”. The people didn’t change, but our ruling elites managed to change the rules to make a few million instant felons.

    Neither represent the rule of law. Both are examples of mere power politics and both the gun grabbers, and the land grabbers are acting for the exact same reason: because they can.

    Cliven Bundy can certainly be forgiven for losing a few marbles under this level of relentless pressure. The question is, will we be forgiven for standing idly by and watching the smooth talkers dismantle both liberty and the rule of law that upholds it?

  • Insight Into the Mind of an Anti-gunner

    04/09/2014 6:45:21 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    absalom01 to rktman

    Exactly. Which means about 50% of all FReepers probably walk out the front door in the morning carrying an “arsenal”, if not more.

  • Insight Into the Mind of an Anti-gunner

    04/08/2014 8:40:47 AM PDT · 11 of 23
    absalom01 to rktman

    Not to pick nits, but wasn’t that more of an “armory” than an “arsenal”?

  • Sen. Yee charged with trafficking firearms in sweeping FBI probe

    03/26/2014 7:21:36 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    absalom01 to bkopto

    Yee has been one of the worst anti-gun punks in the California legislature, and that’s saying something.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Texas court rules that police may introduce illegally gathered evidence at trial

    03/16/2014 6:04:11 PM PDT · 152 of 187
    absalom01 to deport

    no problemo

  • THE POLITICAL MYSTERY OF MALAYSIA FLIGHT 370

    03/16/2014 11:36:57 AM PDT · 27 of 28
    absalom01 to Steve_Seattle

    For the past several days, the simplest explanation compatible with the public facts is that the plane was hijacked, either by or with the aid of the flight crew. They chose the idea spot to turn off the transponders and go dark. The turn off course was, we are told in some reports, pre-programmed into the nav system (how this can be known, we are not told.)

    So it’s pretty clear that whoever planned this had a plan. And that plan would probably have an objective, as you note.

    They didn’t burn into the Petronas Towers; the nearest obvious large target.

    What we’re told is that the plane either turned right, and headed off toward central Asia, or left, to eventually ditch in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

    What’s simpler? The guys who planned this, after gaining control of the aircraft, decide to disappear in the sea? Or do they at least try to get to a preselected destination on land where they could meet up with some allies, hide out for a while, and get ready to use the plane, (and hostages?) for some novel purpose.

    All you would need is a dry lake bed and a truck full of JetA-1 fuel. There’s no shortage of dry lake beds in central Asia.

    So, i’d suggest that the past tense is premature. Maybe they are at the bottom of the ocean, and are no further worry to anyone. Maybe they crashed into a mountain, and are similarly, no longer a worry. But maybe they made it, and landed. That’s gotta be the contingency everyone is worried about.

  • Country’s first gun store to sell smart guns quickly reverses course

    03/11/2014 10:35:26 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    absalom01 to Rides_A_Red_Horse

    Eventually, there will be a “smart” gun technology that could, arguably, be a good choice for law enforcement. There are pros and cons, but I could see some agencies, and some officers opting for it.

    But it will never be appropriate for private self defense.

    The danger is that a potentially good tool for civilian police forces will be rammed down our throats for use by the general public.

  • Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?

    03/05/2014 10:34:19 PM PST · 6 of 35
    absalom01 to 2ndDivisionVet

    i’d be happy if the press would ask Obama just two questions:
    what did you know, and when did you know it?

  • Mountain Lion in Fontana Kills German Shepherd(Southern CA)

    03/05/2014 10:31:43 PM PST · 26 of 61
    absalom01 to ansel12

    Well, OJ was a pretty big guy but even so, every knife fight that I’ve ever had any personal knowledge of pretty much went down the same way: the guy holding the handle won.

    OJ got the drop on him, and was holding the handle. The result would have probably been the same had the physical capacities been reversed.

  • 31 Percent Of All Food In America Is Wasted – And Why That Is About To End

    03/04/2014 8:05:16 PM PST · 26 of 48
    absalom01 to 2ndDivisionVet

    The draught is real, and is a simple fact of nature. The water shortage is caused by humans...as you point out.

    Bears repeating.

  • Attorney general [Calif] to challenge ruling on concealed weapons (Gungrabbing)

    03/01/2014 11:23:55 AM PST · 40 of 40
    absalom01 to rktman

    True but how does the state even have standing? They are not even a party to the suit. Any lawyers on her able to explain this?

  • Google is intentionally obscuring islamberg on google earth.

    02/18/2014 12:47:06 PM PST · 47 of 60
    absalom01 to Mr. K

    here:

    42.051994, -75.335039

  • Gov. Jerry Brown Speaks To KCAL9′s Dave Bryan About State ‘Water War’

    01/30/2014 8:21:53 AM PST · 12 of 18
    absalom01 to Baynative

    Desalination is less the issue than releasing water from reservoirs so that a bait fish in the delta is happy.

    If people understood how much water has been wasted to make “environmentalists” happy.

    Per usual, Victor Hansen has been all over this for years; i’m sure it’s been posted, but I’m too lazy to look, so here’s a link to his excelllent City Journal article from 2011 : http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_3_california-water.html

    Anyway, thei thing is, while the drought is a real, natural event, the current water shortage is entirely man-made. The environmentalist wackos who created that shortage need to be held accountable.

    The MSM won’t do it. It’s up to teh intarwebz to spread the word.

  • SMITH & WESSON to Leave California Market Due to New Semi-Automatic Regulations

    01/23/2014 7:44:00 AM PST · 17 of 45
    absalom01 to CA Conservative

    That would be the honorable thing to do...but they have worked hard to get the LA County Sheriff contract, and are seeking contracts with other agencies.

    The right thing to do would be to follow in Ronnie Barrett’s footsteps: refuse to sell or service any pistol not available to the general public in California.

  • Planned execution in Texas draws high-profile protests

    01/22/2014 7:26:44 AM PST · 19 of 53
    absalom01 to Buckeye McFrog

    Fine.
    The rope companies will sell a few yards cordage. Gets the job done and is just as quick as the drugs, if not quicker.

  • 'Drunk' driver makes it to his front door before realizing a cyclist is lodged in his windshield

    01/22/2014 7:24:20 AM PST · 6 of 37
    absalom01 to Jonty30

    He can go to rehab in the house. And cut a check.

  • Have you seen the year's best film? (Did not see 12 Years A Slave = Racist)

    01/17/2014 12:14:12 PM PST · 14 of 63
    absalom01 to C19fan

    The Anglo-American culture that they so despise didn’t invent slavery, but did end it. And not just within their own borders, but everywhere their influence reached.

    The only vestiges remain in those benighted locales that remain outside of the American sphere of influence today.

    Maybe someone could make a movie about that, eh?

  • Police Trickery Prompts Concern From State's High Court

    01/15/2014 1:18:04 PM PST · 42 of 72
    absalom01 to B4Ranch

    Close. Under some circumstances, I suppose that a lie could be “delaying or obstructing” but it’s the obstruction, not the lie itself that is illegal. A fine distinction, perhaps, but material.

    You are quite correct that lies told to federal agents are themselves crimes under federal law. You’ll look long and hard to find a similar state law that applies to your local constabulary.

  • Police Trickery Prompts Concern From State's High Court

    01/15/2014 1:13:25 PM PST · 40 of 72
    absalom01 to yldstrk
    ...but don’t expect the police to believe one single word you utter even if you have called them for “help”

    Definitely true, but understandable given that practically every single person they talk to on a given shift is lying to them about something.

  • Police Trickery Prompts Concern From State's High Court

    01/14/2014 10:14:21 PM PST · 15 of 72
    absalom01 to Lurker

    Really? Where is it a crime to lie to the police? And what is the crime? Certainly not the case in California, but perhaps in other states. Would be curious to learn where this obtains.

  • BMW Motorrad and Dainese to Cooperate on Motorcycle Apparel Airbags

    01/14/2014 4:06:42 PM PST · 11 of 13
    absalom01 to BraveMan

    Guilty as charged.

    I’m certainly old enough to know better, but my excuse is that I’m too old and set in my ways to change now. Plus there’s the sunk cost of the Roadcrafter, the rain gloves, boots and electric vest that you want to amortize over as many miles as possible.

  • BMW Motorrad and Dainese to Cooperate on Motorcycle Apparel Airbags

    01/14/2014 10:59:11 AM PST · 5 of 13
    absalom01 to BraveMan

    Yeah, but that’s because....we ride in the rain!

    There’s no such thing as bad weather. Only bad equipment.

  • Plane crashes, woman dies, survivor films and takes selfie

    01/10/2014 2:02:36 PM PST · 7 of 779
    absalom01 to PAR35
    She got out alive (as did the pilot and other passengers) and her life terminated afterward.

    Source?

  • Gay TMZ Chief Slams GLAAD: They Preach Tolerance But They Won’t Tolerate Religious Beliefs

    12/28/2013 12:30:01 PM PST · 18 of 27
    absalom01 to jim35

    No way. It’s a temporay setback for them at worst. A fundraising opportunity at minimum.

    Rust Never Sleeps.

  • In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians

    12/26/2013 3:11:29 PM PST · 66 of 69
    absalom01 to DariusBane
    Horde of cops? It's a couple of guys from the traffic division who've been assigned to do jaywalking enforcement for few hours a day. Doesn't really qualify as a horde in my book, but since there's no specific number of people in a horde, I guess you're entitled to your own definition in that regard.

    I doubt that a "warning" would be as memorable as getting a ticket. Who knows, maybe they're doing that too, as well as writing a few tickets.

  • In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians

    12/26/2013 2:51:32 PM PST · 63 of 69
    absalom01 to DariusBane
    This is on a small gubment website.

    Most SoCons would be more likely to identify as "limited government", rather than "small government".

    That said, California has always been more aggressive with Jaywalking than east coast cities, at least in part because of a quirk in the state vehicle code that gives the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, marked or unmarked pretty much all of the time. The linked article is pretty clear that the primary motivation for tasking their traffic officers with jaywalking enforcement is the negative effect it has on traffic. I drove through this part of downtown just the other day, and it was pretty clear that the jaywalking was out of hand just in terms of moving in a straight line. Forget about trying to make a turn.

  • George Zimmerman is reunited with his guns AND the girlfriend who accused him of assault

    12/20/2013 12:55:17 PM PST · 80 of 103
    absalom01 to Tijeras_Slim

    Ole GZ was probably always a few fries short of a happy meal, but the past year would have been enough to damage the mental health of almost anyone.

    And it’s pretty clear that he lacks sufficient mental stability to fend off the hoards of psychos calling for his scalp, and no doubt actively gaslighting him.

    It seems very unlikely that there’s going to be a whole lot of good outcomes for GZ in the next ten years or so.

  • In Texas, Search Warrants Can Now Be Based on a "Prediction of a Future Crime"

    12/19/2013 1:45:25 PM PST · 90 of 92
    absalom01 to LevinFan
    OK, so much is wrong here...

    First off, it's actually a little bit amusing watching the FReepertarians and Info-Wars refugees getting all worked up over an article in a free, Village Voice owned paper. I generally don't believe much of what I read in the MSM, let alone an "alternative" source like this, so I suspected that this story might, just maybe, have been spun a tiny bit away from the actual case.

    Which, if you do a little bit of Googling, turns out, IMHO, to be the case. My exegesis: the cops in Parker County, Texas had been watching a particular house full of tweakers for a couple of weeks, when they got a tip from a previously reliable informant that he had been inside the house, and had seen a bunch of the stuff you need if you're going to "shake and bake" meth. He listed those items specifically, i'm just sparing you the boring list.

    Anway, the detective on the scene decided to act on the "exigent circumstances" and enter the house to secure it to prevent the destruction of evidence. Now, the FReepertarians at this point will object that this should never be allowed, ever, and that anyone who disagrees is a vile "statist" of the lowest rank. Well, whatever, that's not the law and never has been. Once that task had been accomplished, the detective then asked for, and obtained, a warrant to search the residence, wherein he found all of the stuff that the informant had told him was there.

    On appeal the defendant objected that exigent circumstanced didn't really exist, and that therefore the initial entry was illegal and that the evidence collected by the subsequent search warrant should not be protected from exclusion under the independent source doctrine argued by the state.

    The legal wrangling boiled down to that: the court was asked to rule, basically, on whether the evidence seized pursuant to the warrant had to be excluded if the initial 'exigent circumstances' entry was later ruled invalid, and they effectively said, "no, the independent source doctrine is still fine, and we don't think that we need to apply the exclusionary rule in this case".

    What the court did NOT say was any of the nonsense reported in the Village-voice owned rag linked here about "pre-crime", or "crimes that were about to occur": the warrant was based on the statements about specific drug precursors and lab equipment which were in fact found as described inside the house after the search authorized by the warrant.

    Now, one could question the judgement of the detective regarding the exigency of the circumstances, and in hindsight it would probably have been wiser to have first obtained the warrant, but that's a far cry from the breathless claims of a police state run amok from the Alex Jones bedwetters.

  • In Texas, Search Warrants Can Now Be Based on a "Prediction of a Future Crime"

    12/18/2013 2:24:41 PM PST · 47 of 92
    absalom01 to Responsibility2nd

    The right of methamphetamine cooks to remain free of warrantless searches seems to be imperiled in Texas....

  • Wickr: Free texting app has military-grade encryption, messages self-destruct.

    12/17/2013 1:56:29 PM PST · 18 of 43
    absalom01 to Yehuda

    How do we know this isn’t an NSA front to begin with?

  • Shale well depletion raises questions over US oil boom

    12/17/2013 11:36:29 AM PST · 30 of 75
    absalom01 to Paladin2

    Couldn’t help myself: that shale stuff is pretty awesome. At 1000 times the density of a brick (at, say 100 #/cu-ft), shale is the densest stuff on the planet. Or anywhere, for that matter.

    At 100,000 pcf, it’s 100 times denser than uranium, even.

    Surprising that we haven’t found more uses for such a remarkable material.