asset forfeiture > burglary


The article.

Still think the police are there to keep people from stealing your stuff?



Some promising damage

Changed engine oil and tranny oil. Nothing scary in the oil screen.

Pulled the CVT cover and was delighted to see some spectacular debris:
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… an imploded drive belt. This could be Good News if that’s why “it quit working”. Continue reading

Taotao Evo: 150cc scooter project


Last year (?) I picked up a beat-to-hell 50cc Chinese scooter off Craigslist for $100.  I figured it would be fun (and cheap) to mess with.  It was, and is.

I received the physical title for that one but the crackhead “owner” had mutilated the title by folding it into a matchbook-sized square and carrying it Continue reading

Civil Asset Forfeiture is theft

When New Mexicans moved to eliminate civil asset forfeiture, their message was simple: Civil asset forfeiture is wrong. Hal Stratton, former New Mexico Attorney General comments.

The podcast episode is here in mp3 format. You are forewarned it contains reasonable people talking rather than demonizing or shouting at each other.  Luckily we’ve still got the “news” networks for that.

in the Reids

I was looking through a textbook  (Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions) and came across this tidbit:

There is considerable evidence that coercive and manipulative interrogation techniques, such as those recommended by [the Reid Technique] , often cause resentment and bitterness among offenders, which may last over many years (Gudjonsson & Bownes, 1992; Gudjonsson&Petursson, 1991; Gudjonsson&Sigurdsson, 1999). Suspects do resent being tricked, deceived and coerced by the police… [p.35]

Ya don’t say.

I’m still pissed about an interrogation in the 1980s wherein the LEO in question lied repeatedly, then when challenged on it bragged about his ability to legally lie during the interrogation.  He said things to me that would get a non-badged individual punched in the f___ing throat in any other context.