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05/15/2018 - 12:38pm The more the new cars become

The more the new cars become dependent on tech, the less confidence I have in getting where I want to go without something going wrong.

 

Bought a Chevy Bolt five months ago.  After 140 miles (no, not a typo . . . 140 miles), the battery needed to be replaced.  As you can imagine, needing a battery replacement in an electric car is a bit different from getting a battery replaced in a traditional car.  Took over a week to get this so-called advanced car back from the dealer.  Couple of months later, the touch screen locked.  No more tuning the radio, no more volume control, no changing audio sources.

 

The more tech you add, the more opportunity for shit to go wrong.

 

Oh, and never buy a Chevy Bolt.  EVER.

04/21/2018 - 9:43pm You’re thinking about it from

You’re thinking about it from the wrong perspective. You’re thinking mass transit is for helping out people. If that were the motivation, then I would agree with you.

But the fact is there is going to be an incredible amount of money to be made in mass transit. And that’s the only motivation that matters.

It won’t be long before freeways and surface streets are demolished in order to add wireless charging capabilities for driverless electric cars. When that is being done, governments all over the country will use eminent domain to simultaneously expand mass transit so that it’s functional in the US.

The reason will be that large corporations which produce transit vehicles will see the money trough about to open and will lobby like crazy to get their hands on it.

04/21/2018 - 1:40am I think the cooks and waiters

I think the cooks and waiters are out the door. There’s some burger chain out here in Cali that has already replaced the cooks with a robot. And carrying food from the kitchen to a customer seems perfect for robots. Maybe the fancy places hold on to chefs and waiters but I think it will be a novelty like the gas stations that still have the attendants who run out and wash your windows while pumping your gas.

04/20/2018 - 10:50pm Virtually all of the kitchen

Virtually all of the kitchen jobs in the food service industry will die out within the next 15-20 years.

Companies that manufacture mass transit will explode but jobs for people operating transit will disappear within 30 years.

Massive construction/infrastructure projects will dominate the landscape as wireless charging becomes necessary, starting with streets.

Companies specializing is genetic editing will take off within a few years.

04/19/2018 - 7:01pm We'd need a lot more funding

We'd need a lot more funding for a special unit dealing just with the Spartans.  Just too many crimes coming out of that place.

 

In all seriousness, I'm not sure what's in the water out here but there's been an explosion of serious crimes by people with mental health problems.  I mean, we've always had our share of crazy but something has changed.  I've been doing this for 18 years now and it's never been this bad.

02/16/2018 - 1:27pm That sort of misses the

That sort of misses the point, though.  Whether legal or not, the names were released.  Sparty fans are livid but not because he may have been a minor.  They're mad he was named when not charged.  It's directly the equivalent of Brendan Gibbons. 

02/16/2018 - 11:27am Spartan fans are outraged

They're all over twitter, lambasting ESPN for releasing the name of a guy who was not actually charged with sexual assault, only accused.

 

I remember how they were all outraged by the local and national sites putting Brendan Gibbons name out there.  Remember him?  The guy who was never charged with a crime?

 

Not defending Gibbons.  Just noting the hypocritical outrage.

02/01/2018 - 1:14pm For God's sake, DO NOT WATCH

For God's sake, DO NOT WATCH A SERBIAN FILM.

All of who have answered anything but A Serbian Film, just read the plot. It is worse than anything ever made and it's frankly not even close.

01/22/2018 - 4:02pm Those saying it was probably automatic billing

are almost certainly correct.  In that context, I can understand how people would say MSU shouldn't get raked over the coals for charging the victims for their appointments.

 

But here's why that explanation doesn't hold water.  Sure, the billing was probably automatic.  But you know how MSU could have found out that victims were being billed and cancelled the bills prior to having it come out through a 15 year old victim?  By talking to the victims.  To date, not a single victim has been interviewed by MSU.  Keep in mind, they hired outside counsel in what everyone thought was an independent investigation which, in the end, wasn't even reduced to paper so the university could avoid FOIA requests.  That outside counsel didn't speak to any of the victims.  Not one.

 

If they had bothered to speak to Ms. Miller, the 15 year old who is being billed, I imagine she would have brought that up with them and they could have responded appropriately.  They decided not to speak with her or anyone else so it is completely within bounds to rake MSU over the coals for billing a victim.

12/04/2017 - 3:37pm No, he's referencing that

No, he's referencing that Dantonio said "I'll" instead of "we", the meaning being that by saying "I" instead of "we", Dantonio was impliedly stating that beat Michigan by himself.

11/24/2017 - 6:31pm You should keep in mind the

You should keep in mind the kid has only been playing football for two seasons. In that context and against Florida competition, a rating around 600 is pretty impressive.

11/20/2017 - 1:15pm Help?

Maybe he needs help?  He quite obviously needs help.  And you know who's the only person out of 7 billion on the planet capable of getting him that help?  Braylon Edwards.

 

He could have gotten help after his first alcohol related problem.  Or second.  Or third.  Or fourth.  I don't want to hear about how now he needs help.  He's had numerous chances to get help.  He doesn't get a pass for being a dick just because he still needs help and hasn't gotten any.

11/02/2017 - 11:50pm Let's not forget that Jamal

Let's not forget that Jamal Crawford was lost for the season but Brain Bowen will just receive a suspension for a few games.

10/16/2017 - 4:33pm I love how they're outraged

I love how they're outraged that they were denied an interception by Fant when all he was doing was holding the receiver's jersey.  I take it they're equally outraged by UM losing an interception to a pass interference call when all Hill was doing was holding the receiver's jersey.

09/14/2017 - 2:57pm I believe it's actually all

I believe it's actually all four are being held.

 

Two guys were initially charged and are still charged.  The second two were just picked up.

09/07/2017 - 12:25pm Here's the quote

But he embroiled himself in controversy explaining why several CMU players may have perjured themselves trying to protect a teammate.

"For example, a number of them were African-Americans that had been in that culture of violence, and they're taught to look away," Kelly said in the Sept. 22, 2005, edition of the Detroit Free Press. "You don't want anything to do with it. Get out of there. You don't say anything to anybody.

"That is a culture that they are immersed in. When they come here, their first reaction is to react the way they've been taught to react in their culture and in their environment. That's difficult."

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-12-08/news/0912070751_1_cmu-cen…

09/07/2017 - 12:09pm I think the issue with the

I think the issue with the murder wasn't that Kelly tried to cover it up. The problem for Kelly was that after the murder, he basically said it wasn't that surprising because African American culture promotes violence.

07/29/2017 - 3:42pm So Illinois State fans are

So Illinois State fans are kinds hating us right now.

07/28/2017 - 11:00pm If you were interviewing

If you were interviewing witnesses as a gang DA, then you flat out were doing it wrong.  There are only two units where it's acceptable practice for DA to interview witnesses by him/herself.  JSID and CAPOS.  If you're saying you did that in Hardcore then you may have a lot of defense attorneys interested to hear that.

And again, just because you did something over and over doesn't mean you did it correctly.  It means you did the wrong thing over and over.

As for your examples, they don't in any way equate to what you described.  Overhearing a conversation is not interviewing a witness.  A person walking up to you and making a statement is not interviewing a witness.  You tried to describe yourself as being out on the front lines at crime scenes, marking evidence and doing the interviews yourself.  And the fact is either you didn't do that or if you did you were way out of line.

And frankly I don't care if "we'd be having a problem".  You know damn well what I'm saying is true.  You haven't answered either of the questions I asked you.  If you made it a practice to interview witnesses, who did you call to impeach them?  

As for your claims of living under an assumed identity while you were a DA, I find that hard to believe.  I happen to be acquaintances with the lead detective in Sheriff's Homicide who handles all the Mexican Mafia cases and is Boxer Enriquez's handler.  His wife is in the DA's office with me.  Neither one of them uses an assumed identity.  No DA I've ever known, including dozens in Hardcore, has ever used an assumed identity.

You appear to be greatly exagerrating what you did as a DA which is just weird.  There's no need to exagerrate what we do.  It's crazy enough as it is.  Tell you what.  Go ahead and give me your initials and the class you were hired with.  There are photos of every hiring class just down the hall from my office.  If your initials match up with a hiring class, I'll ask everyone I know whether all of this is true.  If it is, I will absolutely apologize whole heartedly.

And by the way, the reference to the wild west is not one that is looked on with favor in our office precisely because of things like this.  Going out and interviewing your own witnesses, marking evidence at crime scenes . . . there's a reason that stuff is verboten now.

 

XM, please make sure to read my follow up post on this.  

07/28/2017 - 10:37pm You know, going back and

You know, going back and reading what you wrote, I just realized that all the stuff about how you handled your job as a DA may, in fact, be true.  It sounds like you're roughly placing yourself in the 1980's which is before my time as a DA.  And for all I know, that's exactly how it was done at that time.  So if that is indeed the case, then I apologize for saying you weren't telling the truth about that.  What you're describing is so completely different from the way things are now done that it seems impossible to believe.  But that doesn't mean it didn't happen that way, it just means things have changed a lot.  It's pretty shortsighted of me to think that just because we do it a certain way now means that anyone who says they did it different in the past isn't telling the truth.

I'll take you at your word and offer an apology.  

07/28/2017 - 10:03pm I actuallyn used to live

I actuallyn used to live there.  I was on Arch Drive across the street from Popeye's.  I was there recently and Popeye's was gone.  Sad day.

07/28/2017 - 10:03pm I actuallyn used to live

I actuallyn used to live there.  I was on Arch Drive across the street from Popeye's.  I was there recently and Popeye's was gone.  Sad day.

07/28/2017 - 10:03pm I actuallyn used to live

I actuallyn used to live there.  I was on Arch Drive across the street from Popeye's.  I was there recently and Popeye's was gone.  Sad day.

07/28/2017 - 7:02pm And by the way, I'm a

And by the way, I'm a prosecutor in socal.  Have been for 17 years.  I live it every day as I type this from the CCB.

 

I'll say this.  There are precisely two units in the DA's office in Los Angeles where it's possible you would get called to crime scenes.  And in neither of those units would you ever mark evidence.  But if you were in one of those units, there are very specific and limited circumstances in which you would interview witnesses.  Which of those two units were you in?

07/28/2017 - 6:21pm It is absolutely unethical

It is absolutely unethical and just plain dumb if you were interviewing witnesses and directing crime scenes. 

So answer this.  You speak to a witness at a crime scene.  And you're the only one who can do the interview because you're a Spanish speaker.  And then the witness comes in to court and changes their story.  Who did you call as an impeachment witness?  Yourself?  Unethical and unprofessional.

Speaking to a witness with a detective present to write everything down and serve as a second witness is just fine.  What you are describing is absolutely not fine.

And you being at crime scenes directing investigators, once again, makes you a witness.  If you had a detective state that a piece of evidence was in one location but he/she got it wrong, who would your defense attorney be able to call as an impeachment witness?  You.  Best case scenario, mistrial.  Worst case, dismissal with prejudice and you're reported to the bar, as you should be.

Saying that you did something over and over during your career does not mean it was proper.  It means you did the wrong thing over and over.

07/28/2017 - 4:30pm You're trying to tell me that

You're trying to tell me that in your time as a DA you marked shell casings?  You stepped past the bodies and blood?  Interviewed witnesses?  Yeah, none of that is true.  If so, you're the worst/most unethical DA I've ever heard of.  You made yourself part of the investigation.  You made yourself a witness.  And as such, you would not be allowed to prosecute the case you were a witness to and arguably you would get your entire office excused from the case based on a conflict.

06/15/2017 - 9:44pm Same here

Same here

06/15/2017 - 8:47pm Wondering the same.  Bought

Wondering the same.  Bought the digital copy about 20 minutes ago.  

06/15/2017 - 7:01pm I know I'm gonna get roasted for this . . .

but if we didn't do the Kickstarter option, where do we purchase the online version?  I only seem to be able to find a way to order the actual magazine.

06/07/2017 - 2:29pm This would be the ultimate in

This would be the ultimate in "what the fuck is going on here":  if the woman in both the Robertson case and the King/Corley/Vance case is the same woman.  I know it seems beyond far fetched but weird things happen in criminal cases.

 

Also, it's pretty much a guarantee Robertson is never going to testify in the case against King/Corley/Vance.  No lawyer worth their salt is going to let him do that with his own case pending.  The absence of his testimony may be one of the factors contributing to the length of time the prosecutor's office took to file the case.  If the victim can't recall enough of what happened it would be a difficult case to win without other witnesses or the video being absolutely clear cut.

02/18/2017 - 2:16pm Uhhhh

They did.

12/04/2016 - 9:15pm Sorry

Forgot the /s

11/23/2016 - 11:59am No.
 
Midfield crossing

No.

 

Midfield crossing patterns will win this game, if we can get it done.  Jake Butt FTW.  If he's not a big part of the game, we lose.

11/03/2016 - 2:25pm Do you believe Kurt Taylor

Do you believe Kurt Taylor will be a part of this class? He seems like a great kid but I've watched a few of his games and he appears to be Deveon Smith minus 30 pounds. I'm not sure Deveon minus 30 pounds will have a place on the field.

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10/13/2016 - 11:16pm I heard he once saw attack

I heard he once saw attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.

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09/18/2016 - 1:13pm It's a perfectly cromulent word.

It's a perfectly cromulent word.

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02/29/2016 - 11:28pm Reminds me of an old Adam

Reminds me of an old Adam Sandler routine from way back when he was starting off in stand-up. Here's his impression of Wilt Chamberlain's teammates on the night Wilt scored 100.

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/kdrq0u/stand-up-adam-sandler--bar-mitzvah

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01/28/2016 - 1:58am Hmmmmmm

I would like to subscribe to your political newsletter.

01/27/2016 - 2:48pm Also a saint:<br><br>Dorothy Mantooth

Also a saint:

Dorothy Mantooth

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12/24/2015 - 8:09pm I live in LA and agree

I live in LA and agree completely. The only people here who give a damn if there's a team in LA are the sports writers and local radio hosts. I've actually asked plenty of friends if they would buy season tickets and not a single person says yes.

When a team or teams come, the stadium will be full for the first year, maybe two. After that, it will be half filled stadiums with weekend blackouts of the NFL in the second biggest market in the country. Throw in the gangs which invariably latch on to the local team in LA and you'll be hearing about the LA teams looking for a new market within 15 years as attendance plummets. The only way to get an NFL stadium consistently filled in Los Angeles is to have a Patriots level dynasty.

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09/11/2015 - 6:32pm Oops. Just read the Friday Recruitin post.

Oops. Just read the Friday Recruitin post.

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07/11/2015 - 7:03pm Guess I'm alone in

Guess I'm alone in anticipating the movie. The trailer got a standing ovation in Hall H.

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06/21/2015 - 4:40pm All of your answers are

All of your answers are wrong. "But guthrie", you say to yourself, "it's an opinion, not a 'right or wrong' thing."

To which I reply that the greatest Karate movie ever is also simply the greatest movie ever: Gymkata

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05/30/2015 - 10:32pm A shameful oversight I just

A shameful oversight I just corrected.

03/24/2015 - 3:27pm Twitter of Jeremy Summitt

Twitter of Jeremy Summitt (Daily writer) says Red Wings will let Larkin play in Grand Rapids and forgo his eligibiity, if he wishes.

 

Jeremy Summitt ‏@jeremysummitt · 1h1 hour ago Berenson said the Red Wings have opened the door for Larkin to play in Grand Rapids and forgo his eligibility. It's all up to him now.

03/16/2015 - 8:27pm The point is that this is a

The point is that this is a guy who isn't supposed to have even a single drop of alcohol. He had to drink a lot of booze to get to .086 at 303 pounds.

03/16/2015 - 6:57pm For a 303 pound man like

For a 303 pound man like Glasgow, if you assume a social drinking pattern of approximately 5 hours, it would take him 13 beers to reach .086.  Thirteen freakin' beers.  While on probation and told not to drink a single drop.  If he ate food, it would require even more beers to reach .086 over the course of 5 hours.  And this is assuming he didn't stop drinking until right when he was tested (which is almost certainly not the case).  If he stopped any significant length of time prior to being tested, that means he burned off a decent amount of the alcohol and was still .086, requiring him to drink even more than 13.

03/16/2015 - 6:43pm Actually, the court has

Actually, the court has already said he can never have a drink for a year.  Apparently, that message didn't get through.  I guess he decided that although it was possible for him to go to jail if he drank even a sip of alcohol (and also knowing he was subject to random testing), it was worth the risk.

02/18/2015 - 11:49am Teske unfortunately won't be

Teske unfortunately won't be here until 2016. Currently, we have no freshmen coming in next year.

02/04/2015 - 4:43pm double

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