Archive for March 2010

What you need to know about the Healthcare Reform Bill

Not a single doctor more will exist at the end of the year than would have without the bill.

There will be 16,000 new IRS agents.

Do you feel healthier yet?

Photographers and police

“One of the problems photographers do face is the vulnerability to being charged with things that they didn’t do, and where, absent images or independent witnesses, it then comes down to a citizen’s word against a police officer’s word.”

This touches on the real issue.  It doesn’t quite get there.  This is closer:

“You can buy a digital camera the size of a stick of gum for 20 bucks,” says Radley Balko, a senior editor at Reason magazine and frequent critic of police power in the US. “As a result, we’re seeing all these videos popping up that show not only misconduct, but contradict what shows up in police reports after the fact.”

That’s what it really comes down to.  It is shattering the myth.  The myth is:

  • Cops are good witnesses
  • A cop’s recollection is reliable
  • Cops are generally honest

All three are untrue, and the more videos come out, the more obvious it becomes.  Cops generally aren’t good witnesses and their recollection isn’t reliable; they see so many similar situations, they just fill in all the gaps in their memory.  That is human nature.  Do you really remember what you did filling out that TPS report from two months ago in your job?

But the real issue is that cops generally aren’t honest.  Even when they know they don’t have a recollection, they tell you that they do anyways, and fill in whatever details they think will win the case.  And that won’t stop until juries stop believing cops.

The Wrong Stuff

St. Patricks Day

I don’t need to wear green.  I’ll just use my teeth.

I’m planning Guinness Stew, and watching <i>Boondock Saints II</i> tonight (haven’t seen it yet.)

Haiti

There Can Be Only One

2009 Financial Report