Venice Beach council wants to allow topless sunbathing for women, LATIMES.com by Joseph Serna (April 22, 2015):

[Thing I loved most about living in Miami — It often felt as if it weren’t attached to the rest of America. One small example, many Miami beaches celebrated clothing optional choices. And no Miami / Dade County beach that I’m aware of prohibited women from going topless for at least the last 35 years. There were no negative consequences — Far from it. European tourists descended on Miami beaches then and continue to do so today in part because Miami long ago jettisoned the rest of America’s repressive beach policies, the kind that rule up and down the Southern California coast, save a short section of Black’s Beach (Torrey Pines) and maybe some lousy stretch in the shadow of the defunct San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant …]

Rodriguez v. United States, 575 U. S. ____ (2015).

Rory Little, Opinion analysis: Traffic stops can’t last too long or go too far, and no extra dog sniffs!, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 21, 2015, 7:55 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/04/opinion-analysis-traffic-stops-cant-last-too-long-or-go-too-far-and-no-extra-dog-sniffs/

“…One midnight in Nebraska, “K-9” Officer Morgan Struble was driving alone with his drug-sniffing companion when he saw Rodriguez’s car drift over the shoulder line and then jerk back onto the road. Struble stopped the car, asked for an explanation (“pothole”), and took Rodriguez’s license, registration, and proof of insurance to run a records check back in his patrol car. He asked Rodriguez to accompany him, but when Rodriguez asked if he had to and Struble said no, Rodriguez “decided to wait in his own vehicle.” (This brings to mind the many videos populating the internet these days that show people not complying with police requests unless ordered to. As I often remind my students, these videos tend not to show the incidents where such “standing on your rights” goes badly for the private citizen. “Know your rights, but don’t always invoke them,” is my realpolitik advice. The real world is a volatile place.)

The Crime Report (April 22, 2015). From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals
Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice

“Fundamental changes to both internal and external policing culture are needed to transform cops from “warriors” to “guardians”, argue Sue Rahr and Stephen Rice, in the latest paper from the Harvard Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.

The strict military structure and protocol of many police precincts defines how officers view their jobs and expectations for use of power on the streets, write Rahr and Rice in their paper, the product of a series of conferences that during the last six years targeted major law enforcement policy issues.

The militaristic approach begins the day recruits arrive, but rarely reflects the conditions officers face while on patrol…

The Crime Report’s 13 Questions For The Next President of the United States:

[To the next President of the United States]

  1. The War on Drugs. The federal government has historically allocated about the same amount of resources to drug interdiction on the border and abroad as for drug treatment in the U.S. Is that a fair division, or would you spend more or less money on either function?
  2. Policing. Would you direct your Attorney General to continue or expand the current administration’s oversight over local police departments in areas such as excessive use of force and racial bias? Do you consider officer-involved shootings a serious problem—and if so what role should the federal government have?
  3. Sentencing Reform. What steps would you take with Congress to reduce the long prison sentences that have contributed to the growth in our federal prison population? What steps would you take to encourage states to do the same?
  4. Gun Violence. Do you consider gun violence a problem that can be addressed with a return to stricter federal legislation? If not, what role if any should the federal government play in addressing firearms abuse?
  5. Marijuana. Federal law makes marijuana an illegal drug, but several states have either legalized recreational pot—or are considering doing so. What would you do about this contradiction? Do you favor changing the federal classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug?
  6. Homeland Security. Since it was established in 2001, the Department of Homeland Security has grown to become one of the nation’s largest federal bureaucracies. Do you believe it has been effective in its combined missions of protecting our borders and countering terrorism? If not, how would you change it?
  7. White Collar Crime. Has the Justice Department done a sufficient job of holding executives in the financial industry personally responsible for major crimes? Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed ending the practice of deferring criminal prosecution for banks and other financial institutions found to have engaged in repeated corporate wrongdoing. Would you direct the Department of Justice to adopt her proposal? If not, why?
  8. Capital Punishment. Do you favor capital punishment for terrorism or other heinous federal crimes?
  9. Electronic Surveillance. Edward Snowden’s revelations about the mass surveillance of American citizens and government leaders abroad have exacerbated concerns about privacy. Do you believe such extensive electronic surveillance is warranted? Will you continue the current administration’s efforts to criminally prosecute Snowden?
  10. Sentinel Events. Would you direct the next Attorney General to continue to support—or expand—the National Institute of Justice’s pilot “Sentinel Events” program, which is developing a systemic approach to fixing criminal justice system dysfunctions that result in injustices like wrongful convictions—similar to the approach adapted decades ago by the Civil Aviation Administration to analyze and prevent airline catastrophes?
  11. Judicial Vacancies. Our federal courts are in crisis because Senators have been slow in confirming judges for the growing number of vacancies. How would you address this?
  12. Overcriminalization. Do you believe we have overcriminalized too many behaviors that pose little or no danger to public safety? If so, what will you do about it?
  13. Juvenile Justice. Does the federal government have a role in reforming some of the abuses in our present treatment of juvenile offenders? If so, what should that role be?

“Ted Just Admit It”



“Ted, Just Admit It… is a Jane’s Addiction song written in 1987. The song is frequently mis-titled as Nothing’s Shocking.

The lines “There’s gonna be people turning up in canyons, there are gonna be people being shot in Salt Lake City. Because the police there aren’t willing to accept, what I think they know. And they know I didn’t do these things” is a recorded quote from serial killer Ted Bundy.

Trent Reznor mixed this song with the Diamanda Galas song I Put A Spell On You for the medley Sex is Violent that appears on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack.”

Lyrics

Everybody’s so full of shit
Everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody….
Everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah….

There’s gonna be people turning up in canyons,
There are gonna be people being shot in Salt Lake City
Because the police there aren’t willing to accept, what I think they know
And they know I didn’t do these things…

Camera got them images
Camera got them all
Nothing’s shocking…
Showed me everybody
Naked and disfigured
Nothing’s shocking…
And then he came
Now sister’s
Not a virgin anymore
Her sex is violent…

Camera got them images
Camera got them all
Nothing’s shocking…
Showed me everybody
Naked and disfigured
Nothing’s shocking…
And then he came
Now sister’s
Not a virgin anymore
Her sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Go!

The T.V.’s got them images
The T.V.’s got them all
It’s not shocking!
Every half an hour
Someone’s captured and
The cop moves them along…
Well, it’s just like the show before
Now the news is
Just another show
With sex and violence…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent…
Sex is violent!
Go!

I am the killer of people
You look like a meatball
I’ll throw away your toothpick
And ask for your giveness

Because of this thing!
Because of this thing!
Because of this thing!

That’s in me
Is it not in you?
Is it not your problem?
A baby to a mother…
Oh!

You talk too much
To your scapegoat
That’s what I say
He tells you everyone is stupid
That’s what he thinks!

Snapshots,
Make a girl look cheap
Like a tongue extended
A baby’s to a mother

Oh!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Sex is violent!
Violent!
Violent!
Violent!
Violent!
Violent!
Violent!

http://janesaddiction.org/songs/janes-addiction/ted-just-admit-it/

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