Re: Villainy

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"Shrimp Boy" is now my new favorite gangster nickname. (Or would be if I'd had a previous favorite.)


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 6:47 AM
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Wasn't John Shrimp Boy one of the Lectoids in Buckaroo Banzai?


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 6:55 AM
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--Oscar Pistorius: guilty as fuck, right?

Alternatively, Gimp, please.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 6:56 AM
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Trying to figure out whether this scandal tops the supervisor a couple of years ago who was shaking down the bubble tea franchisees, and then it turned out he didn't even live in SF (following press stake outs of the family home in Burlingame counting the shoes outside the door) and finally it devolved that the flower shop he owned was stealing water from the next door neighbors. Too early to tell, obviously, but in reflecting on it preliminary conclusion is I prefer scandals smaller scale, tawdry and absurd.

Although Shrimp Boy is excellent. And shaking down more recent and vulnerable members of your own immigrant community is just so, so low.


Posted by: dairy queen | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 6:59 AM
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That Leland Yee story is so great. Anyhow, the California legislature isn't supposed to be corrupt. As Jesse Unruh* said, "if you can't take their money, drink their liquor, fuck their whores, and still vote against their bill, you don't belong in the California legislature."

*actually great progressive politician


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 6:59 AM
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I suppose there may be something to be said for the four-months-of-the-year citizen-legislators of Vermont after all.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 7:04 AM
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The thing I wonder about wrt the Leland Yee story is whether the FBI agent who brought him down was seeking to avenge his former partner, or whether he was a maverick who worked outside the system.

(Said partner was of course murdered two weeks short of retirement; last words: "I'm too old for this shit.")


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 7:06 AM
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I'm sort of confused by the gun-running thing. Who was he supposed to be gun-running for? Is the implication that the guns were going to this gang, or something else?


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 7:48 AM
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Surely the privacy site is an NSA front used to identify folks who have something to hide.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:01 AM
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7 - Almost assuredly the latter, possibly someone who was suspended after beating a confession out of a (totes guilty) suspect. He gets results, you stupid chief!


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:03 AM
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What Halford has been up to.
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Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:26 AM
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10: Ice to see you.


Posted by: OPINIONATED MCBAIN | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:30 AM
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Wow. For those that didn't click through 11, Tyler Cowen was pepper-sprayed in class.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:34 AM
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You've been iced maced, bro!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:35 AM
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13: The article was written by Scott Eric Kaufman. Are we sure it isn't a hoax?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:50 AM
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I ... oh man, the angel and devil on the shoulders are really fighting it out over the response to this one.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:51 AM
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It's worrisome to see blogging activity lead to real-world assault (assuming that's what it is). I'm aware of nasty stalking behavior that has happened to lefty bloggers thanks to right wing blogs doxing them but this is the first time I've heard of something similar happening to a libertarian. I really hope this is not the start of a trend.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:54 AM
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The article was writenn by Scott Eric Kaufman. Are we sure it isn't a hoax didn't happen to him?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:58 AM
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16: The angel and devil on my shoulders started fighting it out over this one, but then it changed, and now they're having sex, so I really don't know what to think.

Or pretty much this clip.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 8:58 AM
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I mean, 17 gets it right. Pepper spraying someone is totally unjustifiable and we shouldn't have Weimar Germany style intimidation of intellectuals and the guy should be prosecuted and yet Cowan is just such a dick and it is kind of effective political theater and watching these squirmy libertarian dicks getting called out is satisfying and there should be more anti-libertarian activism and ... fuck you, devil, go away!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:02 AM
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No but seriously it's totally unjustifiable and sinking to the level of ridiculous and despicable right wing thug tactics.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:07 AM
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How can you have a villainy thread without the NCAA?


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:10 AM
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On the other hand, SATAN!!!!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:10 AM
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Do you have any regrets, Halford?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:14 AM
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18: I was thinking that too!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:15 AM
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I've seen links to that at least 3 times without realizing it was Tyler Cowen. Fuck that guy. But don't mace him.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:15 AM
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I was considering putting up a post about the Northwestern case, but got distracted by work. It's a really, really interesting case, but I don't understand labor law enough to comment intelligently.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:15 AM
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(Not that that has usually stopped me in the past!)


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:16 AM
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but I don't understand labor law enough to comment intelligently

So?



Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:17 AM
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27: That shouldn't stop you at all. The ultimate result will be determined by politics, not law. Watching it play out in the meantime will be fascinating.


Posted by: DaveL | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:19 AM
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I suppose there may be something to be said for the four-months-of-the-year citizen-legislators of Vermont after all.

Tell that to the constituents of Dennis "Maple Boy" LaFleur.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 9:50 AM
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|| In case you don't have CNN, the judge denied the motion by the Glacier Newlywed to withdraw her plea this morning, and is sentencing her. I'm leaning 20 years. My paralegal says life. She has a friend who knows the defendant . . . |>


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 10:47 AM
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I was married to a glacier, but Global Warming melted it.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 11:04 AM
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Man, I'd have gone presidential with a thing like that.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 11:20 AM
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Just overheard from across the hall: professor explaining to his students "this super/symm/etric mir/ror constr/uction lifts... and also separates."

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Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 11:30 AM
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30 years, it says.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 12:40 PM
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With 5 suspended.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 12:45 PM
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As for the pepper-spraying, what do people think of pieing, which I believe happened to Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, and maybe some other right-wing nuts? If the answer is different, is it because pepper spraying is worse than pieing, because Coulter is worse than Cowen, or because these times have become more civilized than the dark days of the Bush presidency?


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 12:57 PM
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38: I'd much prefer to be pied than pepper-sprayed, but maybe it depends on the kind of pie.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:00 PM
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AFAIK there's no pie that leaves you looking like this.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:10 PM
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Pieing and glitterbombing are still assault, albeit fairly mild forms of it. I'm opposed to all of them, but not particularly passionately.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:16 PM
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Internationally-famous theater directors who show up at the back door looking like Todt from Raiders are really freaky on a rainy afternoon.
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Posted by: | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:25 PM
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42 was me, of course.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:26 PM
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I'm opposed to glitterbombing because it's stupid.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:27 PM
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Yeah, pieing and glitterbombing are totally assault, that's the whole point. Don't get caught!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:28 PM
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Re the California legislature, the guy who was responsible for the "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" became the legislator who pushed through deregulation of the California electricity market and thus enabled the rise of Enron. It's a great state!


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:33 PM
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Some fucker comes after me with a banana cream pie, I'm not going to the authorities; I'm going to a criminal organization that will retaliate disproportionately.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:34 PM
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I'd probably enjoy being pied. It seems like it would make for a good story at cocktail parties.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:38 PM
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I get that it's supposed to be humiliating, but I'm just not sure I'd feel humiliated. It seems way better than being given a wedgie.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:39 PM
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If you have tear-away underwear, a wedgie may be humiliating, but the pain is minimal.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:46 PM
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I'll admit I found the pieing of Thomas Friedman pretty amusing, mainly for his reaction to it (short of actually crying, could he have been more of a baby about it?). But in general it's a shitty thing to assault someone, even someone as odious as Friedman. Plus it didn't look like very good pie.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 1:52 PM
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51: Ditto.

I think I'd rather be pied than glitterbombed. Glitter gets everywhere and is a bitch to get completely out. Pie is just pie. Though anyone planning to pie me should note I really dislike most fruit pies and would prefer pumpkin or perhaps a nice steak and kidney pie. No apple or peach, thanks.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 2:38 PM
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Only cream pies before Labor Day, because you don't want to ruin someone's white suit.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 2:40 PM
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40: Raw onion pie?


Posted by: Todd | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 4:19 PM
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What with all these kids these days, someday someone is going to get pied with something they have a severe allergy to, and then it will be murder!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 5:09 PM
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Maybe the bee stinger pie wasn't such a good idea.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 03-27-14 5:26 PM
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In related news, Tyler Cowen's attacker was supposedly an unbalanced commenter from marginal revolution. Be careful out there front page posters!

http://reason.com/blog/2014/03/27/gmu-prof-tyler-cowen-attacker-identified


Posted by: simulated annealing | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:23 AM
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Free lessons in 'twatting fuck out any would be pie-throwers' available on request.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:25 AM
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Except for my ear infection, we're all balanced.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:27 AM
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So, unlikely to be motivated by liberal beliefs? Now my schadenfreude is guilt-free.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:30 AM
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J. Pendleton? Are we sure this isn't one of ours?


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:31 AM
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If there wasn't a photo...


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:33 AM
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See, this is why we're not unbalanced. OP on guns and encryption and we're all over the difficult pie and pepper spray issues.


Posted by: simulated annealing | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:34 AM
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What is the proper procedure for placing someone under citizen's arrest, anyway? I assume it's not pepper spraying them and then getting your ass handed to you by bystanders.

Also 60 was my first thought, too.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:34 AM
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I guess I should just take Tyler Cowan's class on vigilante justice.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:35 AM
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What is the proper procedure for placing someone under citizen's arrest, anyway?

When Gomer tried to arrest Barney Fife, he just shouted, "Citizen's arrest."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:36 AM
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Clearly false-flag propaganda; that's the most stereotypical looking libertarian possible. (Short of tech t-shirt plus neckbeard plus fedora, anyway.)


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:36 AM
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Ah-hah:

http://www.unfogged.com/archives/comments_9720.html#1015140


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:37 AM
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68: I always thought there was something not quite right about that guy.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:41 AM
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I had a friend who got citizen's arrested. We made fun of him for it, as you might imagine.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:47 AM
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By a rent-a-cop or just some person?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:49 AM
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71: just some dude.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 7:50 AM
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tech t-shirt plus neckbeard plus fedora

Mint these days. Of course you can still wear one while developing for it.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 8:00 AM
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"Professor assailed by deranged blog commenter" reminds me a bit of when Germaine Greer was taken hostage in her farmhouse by an obsessed, flare-gun wielding student: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/apr/27/books.booksnews


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 8:05 AM
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61, 68: All lies.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 8:30 AM
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I do, actually, know a linux kernel developer who idents as a libertarian, and habitually wears a black fedora. Unfortunately for stereotype, he's a very nice man (perhaps because he's the other sort of libertarian).


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 03-28-14 8:53 AM
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