Archive for December 21st, 2008

The Mustache Of Justice

I can’t help it, I am irrationally amused by this:

[NYT:] I’ve heard you referred to as “the Mustache of Justice.”

[Henry Waxman:] I still have my mustache, and I still believe in fighting for justice.

I got the sense that he either has absolutely no sense of humor, or a very dry one.  Either way.

December 21st, 2008 at 07:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Quotes

Wall Street Vs. Detroit: The Double Standard

Okay, so let’s review:

American auto company execs flying corporate planes to testify before Congress is a disgrace.  Financial company execs- oh, wait, they never had to testify before Congress to get 50 times as much money as the auto companies asked for.  But they’re positively lousy with corporate jets, and no-one seems to mind.

If you accept the premise that pension payments to retirees (of which the Big Three have a lot more in this country) are somehow part of current employees’ paychecks, then Big Three auto workers are grossly overpaid.  Therefore, any relief measure should include massive wage concessions.  Meanwhile, the only constraints on executive compensation for the financial sector bailout were loopholed out of existence.

This is even more obscene when you consider that employee compensation makes up 10% of auto industry costs, and well over 50% of the financial industry’s, where they paid out $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and perks (did I say corporate jets?) to executives last year.

So, to sum up, the auto companies got exactly the kind of scorn, scrutiny and tough questions that the financial industry deserved.  Apparently it’s a lot easier to get 12 digits of relief than 11.

3 comments December 21st, 2008 at 06:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Media,Politics,Republicans

Police Epic Fail

What the hell???

It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn’s home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on.

As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me.”

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.

All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the “tight shorts” she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity, Milburn’s attorney, Anthony Griffin, tells Hair Balls.

(…)

Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond’s school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant…. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.

“I think we’ll be okay,” says Griffin. “I don’t think a jury will find a 12-year-old girl guilty who’s just sitting outside her house. Any 12-year-old attacked by three men and told that she’s a prostitute is going to scream and yell for Daddy and hit back and do whatever she can. She’s scared to death.”

Since the incident more than two years ago, Dymond regularly suffers nightmares in which police officers are raping and beating her and cutting off her fingers, according to the lawsuit.

The cops’ lawyer’s response:

Both the daughter and the father were arrested for assaulting a peace officer. “The father basically attacked police officers as they were trying to take the daughter into custody after she ran off.”

Also, “The city has investigated the matter and found that the conduct of the police officers was appropriate under the circumstances,” Helfand says. “It’s unfortunate that sometimes police officers have to use force against people who are using force against them. And the evidence will show that both these folks violated the law and forcefully resisted arrest.”

Oh yeah, they were totally following proper police procedure by raiding the wrong house and completely ignoring the description of their target (i.e., adult white women), and the girl and her dad are in the wrong for fighting back against three strangers in street clothes trying to drag her into a van.  Got it.  I hope the lawsuit inflicts some major pain on these wankers.

(h/t Ian)

December 21st, 2008 at 04:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Wankers

Cartoon Of The Day

Tony Auth:

The Light

December 21st, 2008 at 03:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics,Religion,Republicans,Teh Gay


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