Archive for the ‘Damn the Man!’ Category

Bozeman, Montana city job candidates required to share all email and social networking passwords.

June 21, 2009

“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” the City form states. There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.

Why anyone would want to work for the city of Bozeman after being notified of this requirement is beyond me.  Pathetic.

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“Rock Band: The Beatles” trailer

June 17, 2009

This.  Is.  Awesome.   Coming September 9, 2009.

Introducing the Government-Backed DMV Automotive Repair Center!

April 2, 2009

Spot on prediction/parody by Reason TV.

Seattle sheriff’s beat the hell out a 15 yr. old girl. While she’s already in a cell.

March 1, 2009

Dilbert sums up the grandstanding bitches in Congress.

February 25, 2009

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To quote my friend and submitter of this item, Jon, this strip is “perfection.”

Denver police continue thuggery by arresting teen girls for (spins wheel)……chalking the sidewalk.

August 29, 2008

These girls had permission from both the Denver City Attorney David Fine and Denver Deputy Chief of Police John Lamb. to write chalk messages on public sidewalks during the Democratic National Convention. Apparently someone forgot to relay that message to officers in the field. Even though they didn’t, one wonders what the security threat is of a couple of tiny girls writing on the sidewalk in chalk. I’m sure the good people of Denver felt much safer after those girls were arrested. One thing the Denver PD can’t be accused of is political bias. The teens arrested here were protesting abortion policies, but earlier this week the police knocked the living hell out a protester from Code Pink, a group opposed to the Iraq War. Right-wing, left-wing……as long as they can be violently arrested and justify the Denver PD’s overtime, it doesn’t matter.

Also arrested was Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who was further threatened with felony prosecution for “leading” the event.

Constitutional law……now there’s a good course for police cadets to learn preferably before “Tazering 101” and “Deny, Deny, Deny-A Policeman’s Guide to Protecting His Fellow Officers’ Butts.”

Watch the menacing “Sidewalk Sisters” get taken down before detonating their chalk bombs.

Having solved all other crimes, Fire Marshall in Texas arrests woman for using profanity. No, I’m f**king serious.

August 14, 2008

A 28-yr. old woman was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct. Her crime? Swearing. Yes, Houston area residents can breathe easier knowing that foul-mouthed heathens everywhere are cowering in fear. I’m sure none of us here have ever heard a public safety official swear, right? Nah…..

Capt. Alfred Decker, the La Marque assistant fire marshal, ticketed, then arrested the young woman for swearing in Wal-Mart. Tropical Storm Edouard was quickly approaching so the woman, upon finding all batteries gone, exclaimed, “They’re all f**king gone,” to her mother standing next to her. Thank goodness that Capt. Alfred Decker was on the scene. He issued her a citation and then arrested her.

The reaction of La Marque Fire Chief Todd Zacherl to the arrest of a woman for using profanity:

“When you’re in uniform, you have to uphold the laws,” the fire chief said. “It’s like if he was on the way home and saw a drunk driver — he had to act.

Apparently Fire Chief Todd Zacherl has never heard of discretion……Look, let’s just call this what it is. A public official overreacting and abusing his authority. Rather than admit any wrongdoing, the Fire Dept. chooses to try and save face by acting like this was the right thing to do.

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(funny side note..if you click on the link, you’ll notice in the URL that the term “SprawlMart” is used, probably referring to Wal-Mart, the epitome of evil to anti-capitalists and those who have no understanding of true economics. Cheeky little web masters)

Cop arrests man for (spins the wheel of made up laws)…”unlawful photography”

July 15, 2008

Nearly everyone carries a cell phone and it’s hard to find one without that camera feature.  It’s convenient when you want to take that impromptu photo, but a Tri-Cities area man ended up behind bars after snapping a shot of a Johnson County sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.

The cell phone photographer says the arrest was intimidation, but the deputy says he feared for his life.

“Here’s a guy who takes me out of the car and arrests me in front of my kids.  For what?  To take a picture of a police officer?” said Scott Conover.

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy arrested Scott Conover for unlawful photography.

“He says you took a picture of me.  It’s illegal to take a picture of a law enforcement officer,” said Conover.

Conover took a picture of a sheriff’s deputy on the side of the road on a traffic stop.  Conover was stunned by the charge.

“This is a public highway,” said Conover.

And it was not a place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy as Tennessee code states.  The deputy also asked Conover to delete the picture three times.

“He said if you don’t give it to me, you’re going to jail,” said Conover.

Under the advice of the Johnson County attorney, the sheriff would not comment and the arresting deputy said he didn’t want to incriminate himself by talking to us.

In an affidavit, the deputy said he saw something black with a red light which he thought was a threat.  Conover was also arrested for pointing a laser at a law enforcement officer.

“At no time did I have a laser.  I had an iPhone,” said Conover.

When you take a picture in the dark with Conover’s Apple iPhone, there is no flash or any light that comes from the phone that could be mistaken for a laser.

In a witness statement by a Mountain City officer, is says the deputy asked about the picture rather than looking for a laser.

“If you arrested me, wouldn’t you take the laser?  If you arrested me, wouldn’t you take the camera?” said Conover.

He expects these charges to be dismissed.

“This guy maliciously arrested me, charging me with phony charges that he don’t even understand himself,” Conover said.

The American Civil Liberties Union would not comment on Conover’s case without fully reviewing the allegations, but told us there is no law that prohibits anyone from taking photographs in public areas, even of police.  Taking photos is protected by the First Amendment.  Conover is ordered to appear in a Johnson County court on August 6th.

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A good resource utilized by photographers that gives an overview of a photographer’s rights can be found here.

Law abiding UK mom has to prove her innocence after police screwup

July 9, 2008

A mother mistakenly branded a violent junkie must have her fingerprints checked against every unsolved crime in Britain to clear her name.

Amanda Hodgson had a routine crim­inal record check for a job looking after youngsters during breaktimes at her children’s school.

The 36-year-old was expecting the all-clear but was horrified to open a letter claiming she had assaulted police officers and was a recovering heroin addict.

‘When I first read the letter, I didn’t fully understand. I couldn’t work out why I’d been sent all this information,’ Mrs Hodgson said.

‘I was horrified when I realised. It is really embarrassing and I have had to explain to my son that his mum isn’t a criminal and I’m not going to jail.’

Mrs Hodgson only applied to be a welfare assistant at the school after staff said she would be perfect for the job.

But the Criminal Records Bureau sent her the history of a woman with the same name and date of birth – then told Mrs Hodgson, of Preston, it was up to her to prove her innocence.

The CRB investigated but could not ­ensure she was not the person named in the report.

It then asked her to produce her passport and fingerprints.

‘To have my fingerprints taken in the first place is bad enough but then to be told they will be cross-checked against all unsolved crimes is ridiculous,’ she said. ‘I have done nothing wrong.’

A spokesman for the CRB said the Police National Computer had a 99.98 accuracy record. It only asked a person to supply their fingerprints if all other investigations had failed.

‘This may be the only sure way to remove the match,’ said the spokesman.

‘The alternative may result in appropriate information not being released with catastrophic results.’

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California initiative seeks to legalize marijuana for everyone. Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg vow to tour California indefinitely.

July 1, 2008

There is an initiative in the works that could end up on the November ballot that allows for marijuana to be sold to anyone, and anywhere that already sells alcohol. Its being called The Inalienable Rights Enforcement Initiative.

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Full text of initative