Mid-week misanthropy, vol. 28

Let’s start with a cheap shot — hey, it fits the economy, right?

According to that list, Obama’s stimulus package includes

$200 million to pay Americorps volunteers

Excuse the fuck me?  (Emphasis added.)  I suppose “volunteerism” has become sufficiently trendy — a “meaningful concept” that has lost its actual meaning and serves only for ego-gratification — that we’re calling employees volunteers just because it sounds better.

(Hat tip: TJIC)


While we’re on the subject of language-related imbecility:

A middle school teacher thinks drug dealers and gang members might take their illegal activities elsewhere if the city renames major streets in the black community after tulips, daffodils and birds.


“I do have major concerns regarding ‘Alphabet City,’¥” [Phys. Ed. teacher Bryce] Archer wrote in an e-mail to the city manager’s office. “Get rid of the 13th Street Gang, as I’m sure they won’t feel as ‘hard’ being named Tulip Street Gang.”

Uh huh.  I guess when you change the street’s name, it forces the gang to change their name as well.  They won’t be able to simply keep calling themselves the “13th Street Gang” any more when 13th becomes Tulip.  What the fuck kind of happy-assed bullshit is this?  And why was this dipshit was allowed to graduate with a B.Ed.?

In any case, you’d better keep the members of the Tulip (spoiler warning) Street Gang from reading Preacher.


Next, we have this piece of retard brain-shit:

You guessed it, it’s for the children.  Pædophiles and all that.

A new bill is being introduced called, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera’s phone. It would also prohibit such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone.

This is so fucking ludicrous I don’t know where to start.  Oh wait, yes I do:

omg_onozOld camera phones?  Movies from phones?  (What, are you going to have the phone sound a tone while recording the whole movie?  That’ll never fly.)  Honest-to-balls cameras? Did anyone even begin to think this through?

(Hat tip: The Liberty Papers)


Next we have a surprising case of a B.C. politician looking into his trousers and discovering that he does in fact have testicles:

New Democrat MLA Mike Farnworth plans to introduce a private member’s bill in February that regulates and restricts the wearing of Kevlar body armour.

“Gangsters and thugs shouldn’t be wearing body armour; police should,” said Farnworth, the MLA for Port Coquitlam Burke-Mountain in a statement released on Thursday.

No, I’m not talking about Farnworth, who is apparently unaware that “gangsters and thugs” are plenty likely to buy body armour even if it is made illegal.  I’m talking about this guy:

But B.C. Solicitor General John van Dongen says gangsters who ignore gun laws aren’t any more likely to obey body armour laws.

Ya think?

If the idea is simply to increase the number of offences with which these “gangsters” can be charged, it would be just as effective and far less intrusive to forbid people from wearing body armour in the course of committing a felony.  Neither law would stop anyone, but the latter would fuck with far fewer people.  …Nah, it’d never catch on.


And speaking of laws in B.C.:

You know that part of the traffic stop where the cop asks for your license and checks to make sure you own the car?  Eh… not so much around here.

Hundreds of B.C. drivers are being denied vehicle insurance every year after thieves steal their identities and rack up fines and police fail to check the impersonators’ driver’s licences carefully when issuing tickets.


The government-owned Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) told CBC News that 1,300 B.C. drivers apply each year to get the improperly issued tickets cancelled. In B.C., drivers with outstanding fines are not allowed to renew vehicle insurance or driver’s licences until those debts are cleared.

And now it’s time for the heart-rending example:

Records show that last March 2, a Vancouver police officer issued a $121 traffic ticket to a woman who produced [wallet-theft victim Katrina] Wutke’s expired driver’s licence and was driving a rental car that had been reported stolen. The police officer issued a citation for failing to obey a traffic sign and allowed her to drive away.

Wutke has since obtained a copy of the ticket, which shows the officer failed to tick off the boxes indicating he had checked the licence’s issue date and expiry date, which are clearly marked on the front of every B.C. licence.

“My driver’s licence wasn’t run. Had they run it, they would have realized that there is a more recently issued driver’s licence and that the one that he obtained from her should be void and you know — red flags,” Wutke said.

And the money shot:

“Funny how public embarrassment can have people accountable for their errors,” Wutke responded.

It’s worth reading the whole article.


1 Response to “Mid-week misanthropy, vol. 28”

  1. 1 kbiel
    January 29, 2009 at 10:28

    Perhaps Terry Gilliam should named Brazil, B.C.

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