Drivers, passengers say police searched inside underwear, in public.

Driver after driver told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer officers searched inside their pants while they were stopped for minor traffic violations. In several cases, the invasive searches targeted passengers who were riding in the car.

“He was like, ‘Just unbuckle all your clothes,’ and put his hands down inside my pants,” said Terry Phillips.

via Roadside violation: Drivers, passengers say police searched… | www.wsbtv.com.

A Politician Actually Said This:

“What do you do with a surplus?  Give it back to the people who earned it.  It’s your money,” Walker will tell the state legislature in his annual “State of the State Address,” according to an excerpt released to the press. The tax cuts will be a core part of Walker’s new budget for the state, entitled the “Blueprint for Prosperity.”
Walker has presided over a remarkable turnaround in Wisconsin’s finances. When he took office in 2011, the state was running a $3.6 billion deficit. One of his first acts was to pass a corporate tax cut, which Democrats derided as a giveaway to the rich, but which helped grow the local economy and attract businesses and jobs.

Too bad more Pols don’t.  Most see ‘extra revenues’ as a way to hand out political favors.

via Scott Walker to Propose Nearly $1B in Tax Cuts in Wisconsin.

Apparently, all violent crime has been solved in Charlestown SC

It was a Charleston police sting unlike any other: An undercover cop dressed casually like a tourist taking a ride on a rickshaw.

 

When the ride ended about 30 minutes later, [rickshaw operator David] Criscitiello was approached by another officer and given a $1,092 “touring prohibited” ticket. The discussion between the undercover officer and the rickshaw driver during the ride was recorded with a hidden device

via Talk About Your City’s History, Get Hit With Over $1,000 Fine in Charleston – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Not From The Onion: At Davos, Rising Stress Spurs Goldie Hawn Meditation Talk

The theme shows how anxiety over stress and its impact on business is mounting among the Davos set, who’ve spent the last five years dealing with crises from the collapse of Lehman Brothers to the Syrian civil war — all connected 24/7 to their beeping, buzzing smartphones. Mental health-related illnesses may cost $16 trillion in lost output over the next 20 years, according to figures from Harvard University and the WEF.

Nothing wrong with meditation but the ‘stress’ of a group of self-nominated, most-important, don’t-you-know-who-I-am, private jet class, is too funny.

“…dealing with crisis …”  Okay ……. and what have the Big Brains accomplished besides a plethora of platitudes, working groups, and executive summaries?

What a huge ‘reach to your right’, circle jerk.

via At Davos, Rising Stress Spurs Goldie Hawn Meditation Talk – Bloomberg.

Video: A Marine With A Prosthetic Hand Controlled By His Own Muscles

The implanted myoelectric sensors (IMES) in Sides’ right arm can read his muscles and bypass his mind, translating would-be movement into real movement. The IMES System, as its developers are calling it, could be the first implanted multi-channel controller for prosthetics. Sides is the first patient in an investigational device trial approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“I have another hand now,” he says.

via Video: A Marine With A Prosthetic Hand Controlled By His Own Muscles | Popular Science.

NY Mayors Office: ‘We’ll make sure you follow the goddamn laws.”

Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman, Phil Walzak, said Sunday, “We won’t sit by while lives are lost and families are torn apart. These latest crashes underscore the urgent need to make our streets safer, which is why we are moving decisively to enact ‘Vision Zero’.”

via Cops bloody old man — for jaywalking | New York Post.

First Amendment is Slowly Eroded by Idiots in Congress

The Hate Crime Reporting Act, H.R. 3878, is meant to update a 20-year-old study from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). That study, delivered to Congress in 1993, looked at hate speech on radio, TV and computer bulletin boards.

“This legislation will mandate a comprehensive analysis of criminal and hateful activity on the Internet that occurs outside of the zone of the First Amendment protection.”

Other than shouting “fire” in a crowed theater or directly threatening someone with physical harm (Assault), the zone of the First Amendment is very wide and deep, you bunch of stupid fucks.

Of course the National Organization for Abortion (nee: NOW) wants more laws:

“We hope that the study will address continuing hate speech that vilifies women seeking reproductive health care as well as websites that encourage violence against healthcare providers at women’s clinics which we believe have led to the injuries and death of clinic personnel and volunteers,” NOW said in an official statement.

Just quit the farce name; NOW and change it to all that you care about; NOA.  It would certainly be more honest.

Just think of the $$$ that can be handed out to favorite Congressional “experts” and contractors.

13 House Democrats offer bill demanding government study on Internet hate speech | TheHill.

GH Reynolds: Zero-tolerance stupidity at school

You\’ve probably also heard about the 7-year-old Maryland boy who was suspended for gnawing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. And then there\’s the case of the 8-year-old Arizona boy whose drawings of ninjas and Star Wars characters — and interest in, gasp, zombies — led to threats of expulsion. And, of course, there\’s the six-year-old boy charged with \”sexual harassment\” for kissing a girl. So much for Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher.

So is this steady stream of incidents an indication of widespread mental deficiency among America\’s K-12 educators? In a word, yes.

via Zero-tolerance stupidity at school: Column.

Not from The Onion: “Toward a Feminist Postcolonial Milk Studies”

Because milk is produced by female mammals, a feminist perspective seems to offer a logical foundation for such inquiry. From the start, feminism has been a movement for justice: at its heart is the centrality of praxis, the necessary linkage of intellectual, political, and activist work. Feminist methodology puts the lives of the oppressed at the center of the research question and undertakes studies, gathers data, and interrogates material contexts with the primary aim of improving the lives and the material conditions of the oppressed. Using standard feminist methodology , twentieth-century vegan feminists and animal ecofeminists challenged animal suffering in its many manifestations (in scientific research, and specifically in the feminized beauty and cleaning products industries; in dairy, egg, and animal food production; in “pet” keeping and breeding, zoos, rodeos, hunting, fur, and clothing) by developing a feminist theoretical perspective on the intersections of species, gender, race, class, sexuality, and nature. Motivated by an intellectual and experiential understanding of the mutually reinforcing interconnections among diverse forms of oppression, vegan feminists and ecofeminists positioned their own liberation and well-being as variously raced, classed, gendered, and sexual humans to be fundamentally interconnected to the well-being of other nondominant human and animal species, augmenting Patricia Hill Collins’s definition of intersectionality to include species as well.

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I guess I don’t get “it” because I’m just an old dumb Naval Aviator.  Geez.

Remember, this is your tax dollars at “work”.

 

via Roger’s Rules » Inadvertent Comedy from the ASA, or, an Ecofeminist Does Milk.