1.  do not initiate violence
  2. this applies to everyone

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.




MoaM: on police interrogation

Like many, I am watching Making of a Murderer.  As I watched the interrogation scenes I had a thought I’d like to share:

If you think that LEOs being manipulative, aggressive, and straight up lying during interrogation is corruption or a fluke then you probably haven’t been interrogated before.

It is legal for the cops to lie during your interrogation.  Depending on your state they may even be allowed to Continue reading

water, and stop signs

Drove in to set up the last of the utilities (water) at City Hall.  Sarah took care of everything quickly and efficiently.

$200 is a pretty good chunk of change for a water deposit.  Maybe it’s used as a cash reserve to help finance the water utils.  If so, I’m ok with that.

While I was there I read the city bulletin board and added tonight’s city council meeting to the calendar.  I had to drive back to DFW to take care of some pre-move errands or I would have stuck around for the meeting and listened in.

I noticed that the overwhelming majority of published court dates on the bulletin board were for “failure to stop”.  Note to self:  come to a dead stop at every STOP sign, every time!  :-0

Made my first visit to the new PO Box and got my mail.  I feel legitimate now  🙂