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What message are our legislators sending to voters, when they publicly admit they haven't done their job? How many bills are passed each year that policymakers haven't even bothered to read? This is disgraceful. This is called dereliction of duties and we must demand a stop to this practice.

      
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works.bepress.com

by Saul M. Kassin, et al.

April 1, 2005

College students and police investigators watched or listened to ten prison inmates confessing to crimes. Half the confessions were true accounts; half were false-concocted for the study.

Consistent with much recent research, students were generally more accurate than police, and accuracy rates were higher among those presented with audiotaped than videotaped confessions. In addition, investigators were significantly more confident in their judgments and also prone to judge confessors guilty. To determine if police accuracy would increase if this guilty response bias were neutralized, participants in a second experiment were specifically informed that half the confessions were true and half were false. This manipulation eliminated the investigator response bias, but it did not increase accuracy or lower confidence. These findings are discussed for what they imply about the post-interrogation risks to innocent suspects who confess.

reason.com

by Brian Doherty

May 21, 2014

Huffington Post publicized yesterday yet another in the endless series of "Officer Friendly At Work" videos with depressing revelations about how policing is done in these here United States.

While raiding a woman of Chinese ancestry's tanning salon and massage parlor in Chicago last year, over allegations an undercover officer was offered sex by an employee, here are some of the charming things Officer Gerald Di Pasquale said to Jianqing Klyzek: Di Pasquale: You’re not fucking American! I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the fuck you came from! Plaintiff: I’m a citizen, OK? Di Pasquale: No you’re not! No, you’re not a citizen! No, you’re not! No, you’re not! You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your fucking business before I shut this whole fucking place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will fucking kill you because they don’t care about you, OK? I’ll take this building. You’ll be dead and your family will be dead.

freedominourtime.blogspot.com

July 18, 2013

"You're dead, mother****r!" Those were the last words spoken to 41-year-old Kamas, Utah resident Wade Pennington as he bled to death from two gunshot wounds inflicted at point-blank range.

The man who hurled that sadistic taunt at Pennington, Brett Lopez, wasn't the shooter; his role had been to trap the unarmed victim in the kill zone while his associate, Jared Nichols, pulled the trigger. Just minutes earlier, Nichols had been overheard saying that he intended to "take out" Pennington. He and Perez were well-acquainted with the victim; indeed, immediately after he pulled the trigger, Nichols called Wade by name. After shooting Pennington, Nichols seized the dying victim and attempted to make it look as if he had been the aggressor. In doing so, Nichols wound up with some of the dying man's blood on his clothing. Both Nichols and Perez lied to investigators after the shooting. Their lies were contradicted by physical evidence at the crime scene and by video recordings of the incidents leading up to the homicide.

salon.com

by Jesse Walker

August 20, 2013

We're looking for truthers, terrorists and conspiracies everywhere. Our paranoia says more about us than reality

October 7, 2001: less than a month after 9/11. Police in Maryland decide that two trucks on Interstate 270 might be carrying explosives. The alert cops block traffic for an hour, searching the vehicles for tools of terror. The cargo turns out to be stage equipment headed to a memorial service for the firefighters killed in the attack. A forgivable mistake, given the circumstances? Perhaps. In Tyler, Texas, a few days earlier, federal agents, city police, and bomb experts from far-flung cities had descended on a family's mailbox to grapple with a gadget jerryrigged from wires, batteries, and green duct tape. The streets were blocked; the neighbors were evacuated. The device turned out to be an eight-year-old's homemade flashlight, built as a school project and left in the mailbox for safekeeping.

Michelle Malkin

by Michelle Malkin

April 23, 2012

This weekend, a video produced by Free Market America went live on YouTube - and it is racking up nationwide hits. Deservedly so.

The Earth Day-timed message is compelling and extremely relevant this campaign season. As the group writes: "The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism - it's become an economic suicide pact. And we're here to challenge it."

Hot Air

by Ed Morrissey

August 23, 2012

Well, well, well ... what a coinky-dink.

The man who got picked to review more than $23 billion in Department of Energy loans and gave them a clean bill of health - without reviewing loans to already-defunct Solyndra and Beacon Power - waited a whole two weeks to start donating to Barack Obama's re-election effort...

Hot Air

by Ed Morrissey

July 6, 2011

Yesterday, David Brooks scolded Republicans for not listening to "intellectual authorities" on fiscal policy.

Fair enough; I figured I'd devote some time today to the opinion of intellectual authorities on economics and public policy, and decided to focus on Harvard and Stanford for my research. Fortunately, economics professors at both top-notch bastions of intellectual authority have quite a lot to say about Obamanomics. Let's start with Harvard's Robert Barro, quoted in the London Telegraph as saying that government stimulus wastes money, has negative rather than positive multipliers for national economies, and only should be undertaken for specific purposes under narrow conditions...

spectator.org

September 16, 2010

...in a year when people think they can affect change, and plot a less dangerous course, a choice emerged and it was chosen. Foul!, the entitled cry. Proof that you are intolerant!, the intolerant whimper.

scientificamerican.com

by Tia Ghose

April 2, 2013

From "significant" to "natural," here are seven scientific terms that can prove troublesome for the public and across research disciplines

Hypothesis. Theory. Law. These scientific words get bandied about regularly, yet the general public usually gets their meaning wrong. Now, one scientist is arguing that people should do away with these misunderstood words altogether and replace them with the word "model." But those aren't the only science words that cause trouble, and simply replacing the words with others will just lead to new, widely misunderstood terms, several other scientists said. "A word like 'theory' is a technical scientific term," said Michael Fayer, a chemist at Stanford University. "The fact that many people understand its scientific meaning incorrectly does not mean we should stop using it. It means we need better scientific education."

lewrockwell.com

by William Grigg

January 10, 2013

Auburn, Washington resident Dustin Theoharis was asleep in his bed on February 11, 2012 when two armed strangers entered his room and started to give him orders. Understandably startled, Theoharis reached for a flashlight.

This prompted the two intruders to open fire. Theoharis - who was still in bed -- was shot sixteen times, but survived. The assailants who shot Theoharis were Detective Aaron Thompson of the King County Sheriff's Office and Corrections Officer Kris Rongen. They had arrested Theoharis's roommate, Nicholas Harrison, an ex-convict who had failed to report for community supervision. The officers were searching his bedroom to find if Theoharis had a gun, which would have allowed them to charge Harrison with a parole violation. They had no warrant or probable cause, and no gun was found. Since Harrison was already in custody at the time of the incident, there was no need to conduct a "safety sweep" of the residence.

      
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