You’ve probably seen it. If you have, good. If not, enjoy.
h/t to The Butcher of Lansing.
I have been sitting on this one for some time. I just needed another reason to stay out of Florida.
You’ve probably seen it. If you have, good. If not, enjoy.
h/t to The Butcher of Lansing.
I have been sitting on this one for some time. I just needed another reason to stay out of Florida.
Short mini-temp post for this morning only.
I read this and felt my IQ drop precipitously just from being exposed to it.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO): “I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” (April 2, 2013, Denver Post forum)
If you voted for this Rep, then you should be ashamed. You should question your ability to vote ever again. The magnitudinous stupidity of your decision nearly tore the fabric of space and time. A little bit of the universe’s poo came out in fear of the sheer depth of her cretinism.
From an astute co-worker, Crazy Cat Lady…
Wow, a self-beating sea-lion.
There’s a joke in there somewhere.
Man proves conclusively to his girlfriend that he has no:
d) Steely eyes
e) Firm handshake
f) All of the above, and more
Way to go, sport – you reek of wildflowers and shame. When you duck a ball and let your girlfriend get hit in the face with a baseball, then it is conclusive – you are either a sea cucumber or a terrestrial slug. The course of your life is plotted – a long meandering path downhill.
A kinder gentler co-worker said “It was probably instinctive.” Yeah, but I know a lot of people that instinctively try to save the people they love. Sorry, but yes, there comes a point at which we should judge people. Not everyone gets a passing grade the first time, some re-take the test and pass and go on to excel, some fail. It doesn’t bode well for this girl, however. His failure when supposedly his Oxytocin levels are going to be at a lifetime high… ouch… because I doubt he can sucessfully reproduce if he’s even allowed to try.
Here we have the Happiest Petting Zoo in the World. (no, not that kind of place) Supposedly you can just walk up and touch the wild things with your bare hands because they are so well fed it overcomes all instincts to kill and maim tourists.
“the animals are just full. ‘We feed all the animals, especially the predators.’”
(excuse me while I check my license to see if I was born yesterday)
Nope. Not born yesterday.
They feed the animals massive doses of valium and then give a ketamine chaser. OR, they really do feed the animals well… with other visitors.
Yes, I am still sick. I don’t think I’ve ever had every joint ache this bad before. Sleep is crappy and you end up drenched in sweat.
Cruel Wife is on the mend.
Bill Mahr said:
Let us be perfectly clear:
I do not care who you are – if you think you are going to threaten me with violence in order to get me to vote the way you want, I encourage you to test your theory. Try, just try, to endanger me or mine for voting in whatever way I see fit. I will not threaten violence except in defense of myself and my family and I promise that you will have cause to reflect upon the wisdom of your choice if you try to harm anyone under my roof. And in that, I am completely color blind – threats to my family will be dealt with regardless of who you are or what you look like.
Under no circumstances will I riot if Romney loses. That’s the difference between me and those threatening violence and riots if Obama does not win.
So there, Bill. “Plea” or threaten all you like, this is one vote that won’t be swayed by threats.
If Mitt Romney wins, nighas gon riot like when Dr. King died. It’s gon be a sight to see.
Wait a minute here… MLK died after championing a world where color blindness is a virtue, and the loss of a Presidential election for a black guy and a win by a white guy is cause for riots?
The double-standard here is astounding.
Oh, by the way… any bets on how many days New York and New Jersey delay the election? Just think how many votes can be fudged in ten to twenty days.
Halloween pics, as promised. Pics may or may not embiggenify.
The obligatory cannibal pumpkins.
Flaming pumpkins through the liberal application of 1/2 gallon of kerosene.
Flaming green pumpkins through chemistry.
Pumpkins using road flares. Who knew that pumpkins were so flammable? I actually did have to caution kids “Do NOT look directly at the pumpkin!!!”
Halloween needs the obligatory black cat…
She has “Data” eyes. Kinda spooky. She also steals my chair all the time. As do the other two cats and Lemurita and Hacker-Boy.
I suppose one could say that since it is consensual then it is ok but I still find this to be one small step away from inc3st, b3astiality, and dwarf pr0n in terms of repulsive behavior.
Aw hell, folks, it’s Grab Ass Tuesday. Technically it is Wednesday as I post this, but I don’t give a rat’s patootie.
Here’s a joke to warm your heart. I am told by Cruel Wife that if I ever do this I’m dead meat.
Posted in Big Government, BS, Congress, Disgusted vilification, Disturbing/Disgraceful, Worthy of Contempt, tagged blackmail, Gingrich, information, pelosi, priveleged on December 5, 2011 | 7 Comments »
San Fran Nan is telling us that she’s going to leak. Where are her DC-strength Depends™ undergarments for pissy women with control issues? She’d better run down and find some quickly.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding back some information on Republican Newt Gingrich that could detract from his presidential campaign, according to a report published Monday.
“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi told Talking Points Memo. “When the time is right. … I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.” – source: The Hill
blackmail [ˈblækˌmeɪl] n.1. (Law) the act of attempting to obtain money by intimidation, as by threats to disclose discreditable information2. the exertion of pressure or threats, esp unfairly, in an attempt to influence someone’s actions
vb (tr)1. (Law) to exact or attempt to exact (money or anything of value) from (a person) by threats or intimidation; extort2. to attempt to influence the actions of (a person), esp by unfair pressure or threatsblackmailer n
1. Stelamendacium: an arrogantly stupid lie that makes the recipient want to beat the teller to a bloody pulp.
2. Stelamenpunirist: someone who tells an arrogantly stupid lie that casts doubt on the listener’s intelligence and who rightfully deserves to be beaten to a bloody pulp.
Gingrich reacted to Pelosi’s comments by thanking her for an “early Christmas gift.”
He also said Pelosi would be violating House rules and abusing the ethics process if she disclosed anything from the ethics investigation.
“That is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House,” Gingrich said in New York following a meeting with Donald Trump. “She’s now prepared to totally abuse the ethics process.”
But facts are facts – Pelosi engaged in blackmail, by threatening the disclosure of information with the intent to influence someone’s behavior. Democrats would do well to treat her as if she were political nerve gas and abandon her, but I prefer that they embrace her and her poisonous nature.
I know Newt Gingrich isn’t a favorite among many conservatives and I can only respond with this: Every single one of the Republican candidates is better than what we have in the White House right now. Without exception, every single one of them. So before going nuclear on him and threatening to not vote or making a statement by voting for some other candidate who cannot possibly win, you’d be better served to remember that.
His words, “I could say that I have done some of those things” smacks of dishonesty almost as much as “I did not have sex with that woman). It’s when you resort to stilted speech that sounds clunky that you are pretty sure to be a lying sack of sh*t.
The former Penn State assistant coach accused of having sex with young boys he met through his charity admits in a TV interview that he showered with boys but says he is innocent and not a pedophile.
“I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” Jerry Sandusky told NBC News’ Bob Costas in an interview Monday night
When asked whether he was a pedophile, Sandusky responded, “No.”
“I say that I am innocent of those charges,” he said, though when asked if had done anything wrong, he acknowledged, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
Demonstrators overturned a TV news van, toppled street lights, shook stop signs and threw toilet paper. From rooftops and in the streets, they yelled “F— Sandusky!” and “We Want JoePa!”
The campus chaos began shortly after 10 p.m. with the announcement by the board of trustees that Paterno, 84, who had said earlier in the day that he would retire at the end of the season, was instead fired over the phone and denied a chance to end his career on the playing field.
Seriously, you guys are up in arms and rioting about the firing of a guy who did not immediately go to the police after hearing of a rape of a young boy from an eyewitness?
Happy Valley was in bedlam early today as angry, chanting students ran amok in a bizarre climax to an unforgettable day that ended with the unthinkable: the firing of football legend Joe Paterno.
Chanting “Joe Pa-ter-no!” and “One More Game!” students raced to the stately Old Main administration building to express their anger that the winningest coach in major-college football history was out – fallout from the child-sex scandal involving his former top assistant, Jerry Sandusky.
A man covered up the abuse of a child and you can only think about “one more game” rather than “this sick fuck accomplice needs to be on trial with the sexual perversion monster”?
Seriously, if you are so confused that you feel a need to support someone who did not act and in fact helped cover it up in the face of compelling evidence of sexual abuse of a child, then you need some help yourself because your priorities are all wrong. That “one more game” doesn’t even show up on the radar. He doesn’t deserve that last game. And those of you who are let down? Get pissed at Paterno and certainly Sandusky, but don’t you dare riot and piss and moan about a football game and imply that the tragedy of it’s loss somehow has parity with the kid’s lifetime well-being.
A sexually (or physically) abused kid may indeed be counseled and able to come to grips with what happened later… maybe… but it will forever shape his or her life. There is NO excuse for a molester or an enabler. None.
Of course, I could understand Penn State folks being kind of pissed at being associated with these guys…
Here’s the link to an op-ed column by Michael Reagan – on the off chance that you’d not read it because it meant clicking on a link to do so (thus tiring out your mouse-finger), then I’m pasting it here. I’m sure he’ll understand but I’m looking into how to get proper permission – in the meantime I think it can understandably be labelled as a PSA.
Don’t Be an Enabler — When a Child Is Abused, Here’s What to Do
By Michael Reagan
Published November 10, 2011 | FoxNews.com
Allegations of child sexual abuse by a former assistant football coach at Penn State University have dominated the news this week. On Wednesday legendary football coach Joe Paterno released a statement in which he said, “With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” How lame is that, coach?
Would you have accepted that excuse from one of your players? “With the benefit of hindsight, coach, I wish I had run the route we rehearsed a thousand times in practice.” See how stupid that sounds? It doesn’t take “hindsight” to know that when some monster is raping children in your locker room, you call the police.
Coach, you knew back in 2002 that Jerry Sandusky had anally raped a ten-year-old boy in the Lasch Football Building. You handled the matter quietly with your athletic director, Tim Curley. You took away the rapist’s keys and barred him from the facility—but you didn’t call the police. You didn’t lift a finger to help the victim. No hindsight needed, coach. You screwed up.
Yes, we all know about your 61-year career at Penn State. But when you allow children to be victimized right under your nose, you wipe out 61 years of achievement. The Jerry Sandusky scandal is your legacy now.
This scandal has also indelibly stained the reputation of The Second Mile, the charity Jerry Sandusky founded in 1977 as a foster-care program for at-risk kids. Turns out the kids were most at-risk from Sandusky himself.
The Second Mile was one of George Bush Sr.’s Thousand Points of Light and probably did some good work. But the grand jury says Sandusky met his victims through The Second Mile. So even if the program survives this scandal, it will always be remembered as Jerry Sandusky’s private sandbox for recruiting rape victims.
As for the alleged child-rapist himself, you have to stand amazed at his gall. He actually had the brass to title his autobiography “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story.” What is that, the punch line of a sick joke?
I don’t want to hear any more “benefit of hindsight” excuses. So let’s be clear about what you should do if you learn that a child is being sexually abused. Print this out, post it on your bulletin board, and make sure everyone in your family, company, or organization knows how to respond to child sexual abuse.
1. If you see an act of child abuse in progress, step in and STOP IT. I have to wonder why the grad assistant who witnessed the rape felt he only had to report it to someone. Why didn’t he jump in, knock Sandusky on his butt, and protect the child? If you see a child being raped by an adult, please have the guts and good sense to intervene.
2. If a child tells you he or she is being abused, don’t panic, don’t act shocked. Make sure the child feels supported and protected. Say, “You did the right thing in telling me.”
3. Believe the child. Even if the offender is “good old Uncle Charlie,” tell the child, “I believe you.” It takes a courage for kids to speak up because they fear they won’t be believed. Kids need to know you’re on their side, and they almost never imagine sex acts unless they’ve experienced them.
4. Tell the child that he or she is not bad. Say, “He knew better; you didn’t know. We’ll make sure he can’t touch you again.”
5. Focus on the child’s needs. Don’t think about the reputation of any individual or organization. The moment you shift your focus off of what’s best for the child, you’re on the wrong side of the issue.
6. Don’t confront the offender in front of the child. Keep adult discussions away from the child. Kids need to feel protected. They don’t need to be upset, disturbed, and frightened.
7. Report the crime to the police. Law enforcement agencies in your area have trained investigators who will talk with you and the child, and who know exactly how best to handle the situation.
And don’t you dare tell me that you don’t have the heart to have “good old Uncle Charlie” arrested. If Uncle Charlie is molesting a child, protect that child!
I’ve heard too many horror stories of people who protected “good old Uncle Charlie” or “good old Coach Sandusky” instead of protecting children. You must have absolute moral clarity: Child molesters belong in jail where they can’t hurt children. If you don’t call the police, then you are an accomplice and no better than a molester yourself.
8. If the molester is a member of the clergy, DO NOT report the abuse to church officials. If the molester is a coach or teacher, DO NOT report the abuse to the school authorities. Some churches and organizations worry more about lawsuits and bad publicity than about kids. Just call the police.
9. Don’t call Child Protective Services—investigating crimes is not the function of CPS. If the police determine that CPS should be involved, they will make that decision.
Don’t let the predator talk you out calling the police. Most predators are amazingly persuasive—that’s how they entice their victims, and that’s how they get people to cover for them instead of reporting them. Don’t be taken in by a charming predator.
10. After you call the police, call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4ACHILD (1-800-422-4453). The ChildHelp counselor will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and direct you to local support services for the child.
Finally, don’t you ever use the “benefit of hindsight” excuse! I’ve armed you with the foresight to do the right thing to protect a child—and that child is counting on you.
The reason I tell you all this? Because, I was once that boy.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is a political consultant, the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group, and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at http://www.reagan.com, and visit the Michael Reagan Center at Arrow Child & Family ministries. Portions of this column are adapted from his book “Twice Adopted.”
Host Barbara Walters used the n-word while explaining the story, causing co-host Sherri Shepherd to take offense. Shepherd says she didn’t like the way Barbara Walters said it. However, Shepherd was okay with Whoopi Goldberg, the main host of “The View,” using it. Shepherd explained herself:
“When I heard you (Whoopi) say it, it was fine. You said it a different way. When I heard you (Barbara) say it, I didn’t like the way you said it. Because when you say it, you say [inaudible]. And I don’t like [inaudible],” Shepherd said.
This left Barbara Walters confused and wanted to know the proper way to say the n-word. However, Shepherd told Walters there is no right way for her to say it.
Walters said the n-word once in the segment while Whoopi Goldberg used the word nearly a dozen times.
Ah. But this isn’t racism. This is really a matter of a white woman talking when she should shut up. According to Shepherd (who is black), as long as a sister says “nigger” den dat’s ok, but Babs Walters ain’t never goan say it prop’ly.
Love that double standard, Ma’am.
Honestly, I don’t like the word in any way, shape, or form. I’m not even so hot on blacks using it on each other. I was brought up to find it about as coarse and vulgar as someone using the “c”-word. I’ve only used that word twice in my life and never to a woman’s face, and I can’t recall if I ever uttered the “n”-word in anger and aimed at anyone. Maybe once, and even then, in the case of both words, it felt wrong.
So what’s up with the evolution of it being ok to use the “n”-word when so many blacks tried to strike it from all books, including Tom Sawyer, when for the time period the word was socially acceptable? Is it a “we’re part of a club” kind of thing where a shared identity is reinforced via selective approval of what is considered a taboo word? I’m thinking it very much is a culture of exclusion and a chance to beat on someone in a way that is “acceptable” or suddenly “justifiable”.
Sometimes you call a spade a spade.
Note: Go look up the origination of the expression and you’ll find it predates the usage of “spade” as a slur for/against blacks by a LONG shot, like 1542.
For being part of a supposed racist organization (twice, if you count being white and a member of the Tea Party), I just don’t get it. Probably because I’m white I’ll never get the nuances.
I really feel like I’ve been neglecting some boycotters who were once readers. Now, I can’t name names but it was veeshir. So in what is likely to be a wasted attempt to win him back:
I am 100% positive that (1) She is not a hooker, and (2) she’s somewhat deadly. I don’t know, maybe you’re the type that doesn’t mind if you have your head eaten off during sex. If you’re going to go… well, sit down and have a thinkover about the whole thing for a day or two. Wasn’t quite sure where to put it but here’s the obligatory “How’s her dictation?”
I haven’t given Nazi Surf Kittens Must Die any attention in a long while, and I should, I know… but this was beautiful – it brought a tear to my eye it was so caustic. SOYLENT GREEN posted it over there at NSKMD, and Aggie (Hookers and Booze – yes, that Aggie – also of Sithy Things):
If I’d known my niece was going to turn out as she has, I would have gotten my sister a dingo for a baby shower present. – leeann (a blogger)
Posted in Big Government, Congress, cretins, Disgusted vilification, Disturbing/Disgraceful, I am TRULY Pissed, very angry indeed, Worthy of Contempt, tagged Boehner, contempt, Nancy, Obama, reid, twits on July 31, 2011 | 8 Comments »
Congress. Vote the entire lot out. Tar and feather them. Start with Boehner.
House Speaker John Boehner says the pact he’s reached with President Barack Obama and other leaders of Congress on lifting the debt limit and taming the budget “isn’t the greatest deal” but lives up to the GOP’s principles on taxes and spending.
They’re cutting 1 trillion dollars over ten years. That’s 100 billion per year in a yearly budget of over 3 trillion dollars.
The ****wad has just made the biggest argument for why so many Tea Party folks should show up in record numbers to make sure that anyone who now aligns themselves with the GOP is gone and why people of any party should be voted out after one term. I’m a conservative and hearing Boehner say that only cutting one trillion over ten years is living up to the GOP’s principles tells me that the GOP is dead and he’s given it just one more in a long string of kisses of death.
I’m supposed to feel better than this about it, though:
Congressional sources familiar with the outlines of the deal say it would cut the deficit by about $2.8 trillion and raise the debt limit by a similar amount. The deal includes $1.2 trillion in spending cuts up front and creates a select bicameral committee to find another $1.6 trillion in savings later in the 112th Congress.
I’m sure there’s a committee that is going to be as dedicated to finding the $1.6T as Obama was in listening to the committee recommendations about the budget last winter. Yep, expect some quick action on that one.
I want to hear a certain list of numbers and if I don’t hear them I want to know why. Yearly.
#2 minus #3 minus #1 goddamned well better be greater than zero and never a negative number. If it is more than zero, I want my taxes reduced by that much divided by 350M next year. When you set out #1, I want to know exactly where it is going, and I don’t want budget tricks played – no estimates or assumptions. If you can’t do that, the budget needs to be simplified to the point where that doesn’t happen.
And I want the extra alphabet departments removed. And a 10% flat tax. And no more pork damnit. And for f***’s sake get rid of the congressional pensions and benefits. @$$holes. Stop it with the games, you chickensh*t bastards, and for once play straight and grow up – the rest of us are seriously tired of your sh*t.
Expect Boehner to break out in tears any day now, talking about his love of his country and how stressful this has been.
We all may not be able to support it or none of us may be able to support it. – Nancy Pelosi
Me personally, I’m never gonna give up my daily pork rinds, caviar, champagne, and military jets y’all are paying for because I can’t support giving it up. That’s what she’s saying.
Just got done working for the day. No, please do not remind me that I just finished yesterday today – it was a long day. If only I was paid by the hour.
Anyway, it was a long day, therefore, it is an extremely light post.
I cannot resist a cheap shot at Obama. The poor fella had enough with the Deniers of His Awesome Holiness and up and walked out of debt limit talks. Some leader he’s proven to be, but something less than half of us Americans knew that already.
It does however remind me of a joke someone told a number of months ago:
If this guy’s skin was any thinner, he’d have a reservoir tip on the
top of his head! - Comedian Nick Di Paolo, referring to President Obama
On NPR (yes, I listen to them – KNOW THINE ENEMY) today some paid commentator said that Europe should perhaps offer Euro-bonds to shore up the countries that have reaped the poor harvest that they have sown (read: Screwed the Pooch with socialism, kind of like the US is doing now). This is typical liberal thinking – the idea that the strong should always carry the stupid. Kind of like the US is doing now.
His other thought was that they ought to pass a “Balanced Budget Law”, European Style. Kind of like the US is contemplating doing now but not really for real.
There was a third suggestion but the idiocy nearly tore the fabric of space and time so I promptly forgot it.
F*** me. I just remembered.
The EU doesn’t like Moody’s downgrading of their worth to junk status, so some bright spark had the idea:
Like, hey dudes, I had an idea… screw Moody’s! Let’s make our own impartial/objective ratings entity, one that will give us favorable ratings! It’s ****ing brilliant dudes! Who’s hungry? Pass me that joint. I’m hungry. So who’s with me, dudes?
Typical liberal and Euro-attitude, that if we change the name or description that it somehow changes the reality.
Notice no one is running for the exits on that note, ready to invest in the concept of a newly invented self-proclaimed healthy EU.
Could have sworn I posted this last night. Crap. Well, it is now.
I read something like this and I think “Gosh I’m proud to be a fellow American to this guy” and “Gosh I’m not worthy of his sacrifice(s)”.
Already wounded by a bullet that went through both his legs, (Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur) Petry picked up an enemy grenade that landed near him and two fellow Rangers and threw it back toward the enemy, according to the Army News Service. The grenade detonated and blew off Petry’s right hand. Petry applied a tourniquet to his wound and called for help.
And you’d be completely within your rights if you thought to yourself “… and then he probably went over and kicked the bad guys’ asses before deciding whether to pass out.”
That’s one tough hombre.
REALLY steams my clams when you hear about the total opposite end of the spectrum, with losers like this.
Upon outing an individual who may or may not be with the CIA, a leaker scumbag said:
“I do not believe my post put anybody in physical danger,” Cook said in an email response to several questions posed by FoxNews.com. “I do not believe that people whose photographs are distributed by the White House as part of its public relations efforts have a reasonable claim to ask that no one speculate as to who they are.”
Cook said he and his Gawker editors discussed potential safety concerns before publishing the information and photos.
“We came to the conclusion that it is highly unlikely that the White House would distribute for publication a photograph of a man whose life would be endangered if his photograph were ever published. Likewise, we decided that it is highly unlikely that such a man would publicly accompany the director of Central Intelligence, in the presence of AP photographers, to Capitol Hill to testify.”
So how is it that reporters and other liberal arts majors acting as editors are somehow more qualified to assess danger to an agent’s person (or surrounding networks) than the intelligence people themselves?
This guy is so clueless as to his uselessness that if he really understood the sheer magnitude of how abysmally worthless he is as a human being, he’d immediately commit suicide. Most people, when they really are truly forced to face the truth – deep in their soul – have the capacity to be ashamed and find the truth to be intolerable.
More worthless? Yes. Absolutely.
NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic montage that aired last month.
The letter, signed by Kyle McSlarrow, president of NBC Universal, comes in response to a complaint by 107 members of Congress alleging that a montage shown during coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament obscured America’s religious heritage.
The montage featured video of schoolchildren saying the pledge alongside images of soldiers and American flags, but did not include the phrase “under God.” It also omitted “one nation” and “indivisible.”
Posted in Big Government, Brave New World, BS, creepy as shit, Disgusted vilification, Disturbing/Disgraceful, Legal Issues, scary, Science/Technology, very angry indeed, Worthy of Contempt, tagged arrest, CelleBrite, cellphone, defeat passwords, download, geotagging, gestapo, google maps, illegal, law-abiding, michigan, police state, refuse, search and seizure, State Police, traffic stop, UFED, unlawful, US DOJ on April 20, 2011 | 9 Comments »
I am. I’m a law-abiding Michigander. But I’ll tell you this:
If the Michigan police think that if I am stopped that they can download data off my cellphone they are going to have to arrest me. AFTER I take my SIM card and destroy it. There is no F*CKING WAY they get to intrude on my privacy like this. No way.
The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.
ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.
I will endure arrest on principle. I will be respectful to the officer, as much as I can and still refuse to comply with his “orders”, but I will NOT hand over my personal information to anyone under duress.
A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.
“Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”
The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.
“With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity,” Fancher wrote. “A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.”
Many thanks to The Butcher of Lansing for this link.
Now, do NOT think that this next graphic (not mine) and the previous section above are related in any way. They aren’t. But Llamas with Hats make me laugh and damnit, I could use a laugh. Family health issues with my sister have made this kind of a dark week.