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Even when it kills someone, literally.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputy Andrew Wood will not be charged for fatally running over former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in his patrol car while the officer was typing a message into his computer.

But it's ok because he was working, you see.

Of course if I'm working and in doing so answer a text message, and as a result of doing so I run over a cyclist and kill him, you can bet I'd be charged with vehicular manslaughter (and justly so.)

Oh, and the officer lied too -- he claimed the bicyclist veered into his lane.  The DA reported that was not true; the opposite happened.  That's a false report to police, and that's not being prosecuted either.

Why is it, once again, that I should consider police officers individuals worthy of my respect or support?

I'm rapidly reaching the point where I wouldn't***** on one if he was on fire.

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Eh, maybe not.

A former Iowa state senator who was a key official in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to illicitly concealing payments he received to switch his support from Bachmann to then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Former GOP state Sen. Kent Sorenson received thousands of dollars in "under the table payments," according to the Justice Department, to ditch Bachmann’s campaign, where he had served as Iowa chairman. He endorsed Paul instead. 

And we're not talking about a few drinks and dinner either.

In the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted concealing payments of $73,000 after secretly negotiating to switch his support. The payments came in monthly installments of roughly $8,000, according to DOJ.

So it was not just one payment either; it went on for quite some time.


Oh, all you who think there was undriven pure snow there, and after all, the GOP was just the most-evil set of bastards in not considering the pure, inescapably-correct and perfect campaign that was disrupted by evil bastidges who were corrupted by Mitt Romney.

How's that story looking this morning, pal?

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Personal income increased $28.6 billion, or 0.2 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $17.7 billion, or 0.1 percent, in July, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) decreased $13.6 billion, or 0.1 percent. In June, personal income increased $67.1 billion, or 0.5 percent, DPI increased $62.9 billion, or 0.5 percent, and PCE increased $50.5 billion, or 0.4 percent, based on revised estimates.


Oh.... you mean people burned out?  Well well well....

Most of that appears to have been in autos.... which is rather interesting, since those are essentially all financed.

Is the credit idiocy burning itself out in car loans?

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A stunner came from the last Obama presser on ISIS -- he has no strategy to deal with them.

Let's be fair here -- they've only been actively "at war" for what -- eight months now?  I don't think that's enough time for someone with Obama's considerable intellect and education to figure out what to do about them -- do you?  I mean, they've only stoned a bunch of people, cut the head off a journalist, threatened to blow up a dam and inundate a city along with a few other "nice" acts.

So, let's see what we think of all of all this.  I guess we could be really upset with Obama, but let's face it -- the real problem is with us.  We've been unwilling to actually prosecute a war since WWII, and those around the world have learned this through our repeated actions.  Thus we get events like Georgia, Ukraine, and, of course, ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.

Note that I'm not advocating going into Iraq and/or Syria and evicting ISIS by force -- indeed, history of the last 50 or so years says that all we're ever going to do is bomb them a few times and, perhaps, send a few "advisers" in to have a "discussion" with them (although said discussion might well take place at 3250fps!)

So what's next?  Nothing of value; we've forgotten (as a nation) how to go war.  Therefore any threat to do so won't be taken seriously, and with the rules of engagement that have been put in front of our fighting men and women ISIS will be, and should be, laughing at us.

It's never good to engage a so-called "enemy" without being willing to actually declare war (and prosecute it as same) when they're willing to cut the heads off people on the other side on television, never mind shooting anything that moves (and that's when they're in a good mood -- when their mood is a bit more foul you get rapes, stoning to death and all sorts of other fun acts.)  Indeed there are reports that ISIS hostages have been waterboarded (gee, I wonder where they learned how to do that?)

Pessimistic, you might say?  Oh yes, indeed I am, especially when I gaze in the general direction of our unguarded border to the south where our fine President (along with both houses of Congress!) welcomes every illegal invader who wants to come across.

Gee, you don't think a few of those ISIS guys might have come in too, do you?  

Naw, that would never happen.... right?

Good thing those pig-****ers don't know how atomic energy works...  they're not smart enough to figure that out... right?

Time to crack open a nice bottle of Scotch and enjoy the long weekend.... fuggit.

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By now you've heard, unless you live in a hole, that it appears JP Morgan and others have been hacked -- and a "lot" of data has been stolen, including account numbers.

The story is that the hack was "sophisticated" and further, there are beliefs that Russia is involved.

I don't doubt the latter, incidentally.  Russia has always been one of the big "hotbeds" of hacking, with the other being China -- and both are fueled by not only criminal gang activity but in many cases what appears to be, and probably is, official government support and resource.

The problem with thefts like this is that the usual response is to "watch" until and unless massive fraud occurs, then do things like changing account numbers.  This is horsecrap; such data is a treasure trove of future theft and unless the account numbers in question are all changed that theft remains possible into the indefinite future.

So why not do it?  Simply put it's expensive!  Not only must you notify everyone and must they change their account number use (e.g. re-issue of credit cards and such) but in addition if checking accounts are involved the bank will have to pay to reprint all the checks too.

All of this cost should belong to the hacked entity but it rarely if ever does.  After all, the hack happened because the entity in question traded ease of something (use, its own internal procedures, etc) for something tangible -- security, or rather, the lack thereof.

The only defense you have against this if you're one of their customers is to stop being a customer.  It's my view that this is exactly what you and everyone else should do, but you won't and you know it.  You'll keep your Chase account, whether it be a bank account or credit card.  You'll do so even though your card and account number, along with enough personal information to initiate an ACH transfer was probably stolen and is floating around somewhere -- and that "somewhere" is probably Russia.

The government (including The Fed, which has regulatory authority) won't force JP Morgan to cancel and reissue all of its account numbers, although it should.  Instead they will allow the company (and the other banks involved) to play "wait and see", and if the frauds perpetrated against the customers start to rise then and only then will a "limited" change of account numbers happen.

Oh sure, you won't be held responsible for the frauds (how nice, considering that you had nothing to do with it) and you'll (eventually) get them reversed.

But that's not the point.  The point is the latent harm that is now known to be out there and for which nobody is taking responsibility.  Why?  Because it costs money to fix, and yet the reason for the problem in the first place is that the banks didn't do their job initially.  Thus, the cost should be theirs, and not just in this case -- all the time.  But never do any of the regulatory agencies (cough-Fed-cough) force these institutions to bear the cost of reissue predicated on the latent harm that is out there and they know damn well has occurred.

So guess who gets to deal with the bull**** when you are a victim of this fraud because they didn't reissue everything?  You do!  You get to deal with the time, hassle and cost of sorting out your credit when the reason you got nailed was due to a known theft of data that the party who had it stolen from them was fully aware of and intentionally did not invalidate those credentials upon discovery.

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