Monthly Archives: January 2009

Render Unto Caesar Whatever The Hell He Wants

Commit a crime? No? Have a reason to carry a lot of cash? Yes? Don’t expect to hang onto it:

Over at the poker forum Two Plus Two, pro poker player David Peat writes that he was essentially mugged by DEA agents at an airport in Toledo, Ohio.

According to Peat, he and his girlfriend had originally planned to fly back to Las Vegas together after visiting her family. But after purchasing their tickets, Peat decided to fly to L.A. to play in a poker game. He bought a last minute, first-class ticket, and paid in cash. That apparently was enough to set off red flags.

Peat says he was accosted by several DEA agents, who asked him questions about who he was and where he was going. He told them he was a poker player, and had $15,000 in cash in his pocket. They first let him go, but then chased him down, and told him he’d need to come with them for questioning. Peat says the agents then confiscated all of his money, as well as his $50,000 Rolex watch. He says they gave him a receipt, and told him to expect more information in the mail.

There’s no corroboration of the story as of yet, but I see no reason why he would make it up… Further, it doesn’t seem entirely out of character for the Federalis.

Now, I’ll admit that someone traveling with $15K in cash is a bit suspicious. That doesn’t make him a drug dealer, though. It seems to me that he had a pretty simple explanation for carrying so much cash — in his job as a high-stakes poker player, he needs it. And the link Radley Balko found suggests that he could support his story rather easily. Notwithstanding whether the IRS might have an issue with him, the DEA has no reason to. Yet all that didn’t matter. His cash is now in their hands, and he’s likely going to have to prove — beyond a reasonable doubt — that it’s not drug related. Considering that his poker opponents probably didn’t give him receipts for their losses, that might not be easy to do.

For David Peat, I wish him luck recovering his assets from the DEA. For the agents, I wish upon them a punishment far worse than living in Toledo. Something about losing an extremity in a freak x-ray machine accident sounds about right.

Nanny State Republicans

legalizefreedomAccording to Rasmussen, “62% of adults say there should be a nationwide ban on smoking in all public places, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, and five percent (5%) are not sure.”

Here comes the money line:

Republicans, who usually frown on government restrictions, are more emphatic about the need for a nationwide smoking ban than Democrats, 66% to 59%. Sixty-one percent (61%) of those not affiliated with either party agree.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of whites favor such a ban, compared to 50% of African-Americans.

In mid-December, 22% of U.S. voters said the federal government should outlaw tobacco smoking.

Somehow, I’m not at all surprised about these data.

Here’s a quick thought for the Nannystatists (of any political persuasion) out there:

When the Nannystatists came for the smokers,
I remained silent;
I was not a smoker.

When they locked up the drinkers,
I remained silent;
I don’t drink alcoholic beverages.

When they came for the sex toys,
I did not speak out;
I don’t use sex toys.

When they came to ban guns,
I remained silent;
I don’t like guns.

When they came to ban free speech,
I didn’t say a word;
As I no longer had a gun to protect myself.

When they came for me,
there were so few individual liberties or civil rights remaining, there was no way for me to defend myself from the government.

PETA’s Banned Sexy Video

I’m much more of a fan of hot women in sexy videos than I am of the policies organizations like PETA propose.  If you enjoy eating red meat as much as I do, I suggest that you go throw a ribeye on the grill.  If you don’t have any ribeyes in the ‘fridge, any sort of meat will do. Especially if it isn’t free-range meat.

Crack open a beer. Slip on a pair of fur-lined slippers.

When your steak is ready, sit in front of your computer.  Take a bite of steak.  Swallow. Then turn on the video below.

This way you can get your meat and vegetables all at the same time.

‘Veggie Love’: PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad

Additional banned sexy vegetable video footage here.

UPDATE: Speaking of sexy videos, check this one out to see the immediate future of YouTube. Props.

Quote Of The Day

Stephen Green on the Republican Party’s newly re-discovered “commitment” to fiscal conservatism:

The problem of course is that ever since about 1998, the Republicans haven’t had a leg to stand on when it comes to spending restraint. If they’re going to sounds ballsy on the radio, they’d better act ballsy in Congress — otherwise voters will gladly take goodies from non-hypocrites who don’t harangue them, instead of from hypocrites who do.

And, notwithstanding the vote yesterday, they’ve still got a lot to prove and a lot of penance to do.

So What Is Barack Obama’s Carbon Footprint ?

Apparently, our new President likes to crank up the thermostat:

WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

Does anyone remember what Obama said back in May ?

Pitching his message to Oregon’s environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to “lead by example” on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Apparently, though, wearing a sweater and turning down the heat is just for the little people.

And, oh yeah, Obama may have been born in Hawaii, but he spent the last several decades in Chicago. He should be used to the cold by now.

Cross-posed from Below The Beltway

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