Archive for June 2013

10 Days

A Dallas police detective receives 10-day suspension for lying to the cops and filing a false report. If one of Us had done it, we would have been criminally charged with a Class B Misdemeanor:

§ 37.08. FALSE REPORT TO PEACE OFFICER OR LAW ENFORCEMENT 
EMPLOYEE.  (a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to 
deceive, he knowingly makes a false statement that is material to a 
criminal investigation and makes the statement to:
		(1)  a peace officer conducting the investigation;  or                        
		(2)  any employee of a law enforcement agency that is 
authorized by the agency to conduct the investigation and that the 
actor knows is conducting the investigation.
	(b)  In this section, "law enforcement agency" has the 
meaning assigned by Article 59.01, Code of Criminal Procedure.
	(c)  An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Not a slap on the wrist.  Criminal charges, with a $2,000 fine and/or 180 days in jail.

For cops, who we rely on to testify in court all the time?  A detective, no less, who leads the investigations?  Give him an week off to think about what he’s done (and how to get away with it next time.)  After all, he was just trying to falsely put another citizen in jail, no harm no foul, amirite?

“Why I Am a Republican”

AT&T isn’t Pumping Obama Propaganda To You

Well, they may be, not the way detailed here about Emergency Alerts. Do you dingbats ever do any research on a news story?  Why in the world do you suddenly start trusting the media just because a story about Obama puts him in a bad light?  The media is always wrong, both ways.

It’s the Wireless Emergency Alert System.  It’s meant to supplant the old Emergency Alert System, which was the newer name for the good old Emergency Broadcast System.

First, it’s not going to be used for political messages.  It’s just not its purpose, and the political blowback would be too much for even Obama to handle.  Second, it’s likely to not be used at all.  The presidential codes for the EAS/EBS were never used for an actual alert.  Ever.  Not during the Cuban Missile Crisis, not even during 9/11.  Why?

Because someone suggested using it around 9:30am on 9/11 to alert the country.  Someone else in the White House situation room (legend is that it was Cheney) walked over to the TV, and just started flipping channels.  Every channel was an image of the WTC or the Pentagon.  He asked, “who is going to see the alert that doesn’t already know?”

That is why it is going on phones now.  If you are near a TV and something worthy of an alert happens, you are already going to know.  For the system to be worth anything, it needs to go deeper, which means cell phones.  This is a necessary evolution, and it will likely never be used, God willing.

West, Texas

Warehouse Wage Slaves at Mother Jones

Like the rest of the supervisors, she tries to create a friendly work environment and doesn’t want to enforce the policies that make this job so unpleasant. But her hands are tied. She needs this job, too, so she has no choice but to tell me something I have never been told in 19 years of school or at any of some dozen workplaces.”You’re doing really bad,” she says.

Seems to me that the problem here isn’t that you are doing bad — it’s that no one has ever told you.  You’ve never done a bad job at anything in 19 years of school and a dozen jobs?  Bullshit.

You’ve done bad before.  You’re just in the first situation where they don’t gloss over the bullshit.  Suck it up and join the real world.

Everyone Knows It

Obama is bitchmade.

He never would have tried this with GWB.  Why?  Because Bush wasn’t a bitch.