Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kliff Kingsbury's swagger found to be lacking substance

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has tried extremely hard to craft an image for himself as the swaggy, hip coach. Sometimes it's not that hard to do, I mean this is Lubbock we're talking about. But just because you can fool the yokels in Hub City, don't go getting the big head.

Example: Kingsbury was spotted at Big 12 Media Day sporting a very tasty Breitling Mulliner Tourbillon that retails for around $100,000. Slight problem, upon not so closer examination it turns out to clearly be a $100 knockoff. Swagger fail.

This is a classic example of style before substance. Yes, Kliff wants to be the James Bond of the Big 12. But actually achieving that is hard and extremely difficult to budget if you don't have an endorsement deal, especially on a Texas Tech Head Coach's salary. So you turn to eBay for a cheap way around the problem. Just remember the internets is a two way street and full of actual watch guys that absolutely have nothing better to do than sniff out posers then take great joy in pointing it out when they do.

The whole ugly story on Deadspin. Guns up, Lil' Buddy. Guns, up.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

State Trooper's attitude suddenly changes when he learns he's on camera

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 30 (UPI) --A truck driver allegedly saw an Illinois state trooper speeding on the highway while talking on his cellphone, so he decided to honk his horn in order to show his disapproval.
After his judgmental toot, the trooper pulled Brian Miner over and threatened to give him a ticket for unlawful use of a horn.

Miner taped the entire encounter and posted the clip on YouTube.

The officer is aggressive at first, but he changes his tune after Miner informs him that their exchange is being recorded.

The trooper eventually apologizes to Miner and declines to give him a ticket.

"And that's what happens when they know you're recording," Miner says near the end of the clip.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kiwi Female Jackass Fail

Hang in there for the full video. Totally worth it.

ACLU Takes on Police Militarization.

Interesting read from The Washington Post:

The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization. The study looked at 800 deployments of SWAT teams among 20 local, state and federal police agencies in 2011-2012. Among the notable findings:

62 percent of the SWAT raids surveyed were to conduct searches for drugs.

Just under 80 percent were to serve a search warrant, meaning eight in 10 SWAT raids were not initiated to apprehend a school shooter, hostage taker, or escaped felon (the common justification for these tactics), but to investigate someone still only suspected of committing a crime.

In fact, just 7 percent of SWAT raids were “for hostage, barricade, or active shooter scenarios.”

In at least 36 percent of the SWAT raids studies, no contraband of any kind was found. The report notes that due to incomplete police reports on these raids this figure could be as high as 65 percent.

SWAT tactics are disproportionately used on people of color.

65 percent of SWAT deployments resulted in some sort of forced entry into a private home, by way of a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device. In over half those raids, the police failed to find any sort of weapon, the presence of which was cited as the reason for the violent tactics.

Ironically (or perhaps not), searches to serve warrants on people suspected of drug crimes were more likely to result in forced entry than raids conducted for other purposes.

Though often justified for rare incidents like school shootings or terrorist situations, the armored personnel vehicles police departments are getting from the Pentagon and through grants from the Department of Homeland Security are commonly used on drug raids.

Read it all here.