Archive for February, 2008
This type of stuff really, really annoys me. Police are the people we look for to uphold the laws, not the people who should be teaching other people to circumvent the laws and not get caught… for a price of course. So, let me get this straight… If I am a corrupt wanna be cop, I can pay to have other cops coach me on how to pass the polygraph and entrance tests into the police department?
This is the polygraph test I found that many police officers must pass to get hired. The funny… or maybe not so funny part of it was that the person who wrote this was promoting his product to “pass the police polygraph test” and not get caught.
The man behind this article is promoting his site on how to lie effectively and pass the police polygraph test as well as other tests. This is supposed to be a picture of him, in uniform on the left.
Now, I may be wrong here, but isn’t the point of the testing is to weed out the corrupt cops? With this type of coaching available from other cops, no wonder, some police department somewhere, is in hot water over corruption issues almost weekly.
Most of the questions involved are about criminal conduct… I may be nuts here, but how does any PD allow officers to coach others or reveal what will be on the test as a side job? Unlike other fields where stuff like this probably does not matter, here, it does.
Police polygraph examinations fall under the guidelines for employment interviewing of title VII of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, so examiners are obliged to conduct the examinations in a way that would not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, etc. One central principle of ethical standards is that relevant questions be related to the job applied for.
Here are typical questions asked on the police polygraph exam:
Did you tell the complete truth on your job application?
Have you deliberately withheld information from your job application?
Have you ever been fired from a job?
Since the age of ( ) have you committed an undetected crime?
Since the age of ( ) have you been convicted of a crime?
During the past year, have you used marijuana more than ( ) per ( )?
Have you used any other narcotic illegally in the past ( ) years?
Have you sold marijuana or other narcotics illegally in the past ( ) years?
Have you ever stolen more than ($ ) worth of merchandise in any one year from any of your employers?
Have you even stolen more than ($ ) in moneys in any one year from any of your employers?
Have you ever used a system to cheat one of your employers?
Have you ever had your drivers license suspended or revoked?
Have you ever had any traffic citations in the past five ( ) years?
Have you deliberately lied to any of these questions?
Values, such as age and number of years is determined by the specific department.
The method used by John E. Reid & Associates employs four standard relevant questions: In the last five years did you steal any merchandise from previous employers? In the last five years did you steal any money from previous employers? In the last ten years did you take part in or commit any serious crime? Did you falsify any information on your application? These standard questions may be modified depending on admissions made during the pretest (e.g., a revision may be, In the last five years did you steal any merchandise other than minor office supplies?).
In addition to the standard questions a fifth relevant question (e.g., concerning the illegal purchase or sale of merchandise; use of narcotics) may be added. The Reid firm also uses what it regards as control questions in pre-employment interviews. Control questions include, Did you ever steal anything in your life? and Did you lie to any of the questions you answered during the application process for this job? It is not clear, however, how the Reid pre-employment control questions differ from the relevant questions. It seems reasonable to suppose that both truthful and non-truthful subjects (in terms of the relevant questions) may be just as concerned with the subject matter of the control questions as they are with the relevant questions. It is also not clear why employers would be less concerned with the control than with the relevant questions.
Remember, the police polygraph is only a tool used by law enforcement agencies to gather background information on the candidate. Though it is seen as a form of intimidation, there are proven techniques and strategies that should be employed to ensure you pass the polygraph.
Did you know that 50% of all police applicants will fail the polygraphy? Can you afford to be one of them? To learn important strategies to pass the police polygraph and also learn why 70% of all police applicants fail the written test
Just sick coaching on how to be better at corruption
From the Heritage Foundation
Many states require about 1,700 hours of training to become a licensed paramedic, six weeks of training to be a firefighter, and 10 weeks of training to become a police officer. So a job requiring 3,200 hours of training must be even more complicated or dangerous, right?
Actually, that’s what some states require to become a licensed hair braider. And that’s just one example of the many ridiculous obstacles faced every day by American entrepreneurs. Worst of all, accidentally violating such regulations can turn well-meaning small-business owners into criminals.
Legislators may believe they are protecting their constituents when they write these laws, but often, they do so only after being prodded by special-interest groups intent on stifling competition from startup businesses. Many business licensing laws, in practice, do nothing to protect consumers and actually raise prices and reduce quality. And in most states, failing to navigate the licensing bureaucracy is a criminal offense. Business owners who don’t comply, even accidentally, can be bankrupted with fines or even thrown in jail.
In Utah, the Pleasant Grove City Police arrested eight people for “soliciting without a license.” Soliciting what? Drugs? Prostitution? No. They were soliciting for customers to buy vacuum cleaners. Police rounded up the otherwise law-abiding door-to-door salesmen for violating a city code requiring them to provide fingerprints and post a $1,000 bond. All that just to sell vacuums. They sued the city, arguing that the licensing regime violates their rights to freedom of speech and to earn a living.
In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit agreed with the salesmen. The city claimed that the law was not about harassing and discouraging businesspeople, but was intended only to prevent fraud and burglaries. During a hearing, however, a Pleasant Grove City police captain admitted that the fingerprints required for a license never had been used — not to prosecute a crime or for anything else. In reality, the fingerprinting and expensive bond were just ways to interfere with a legitimate business by creating time-consuming and complicated procedures with criminal penalties for intentional or even accidental non-compliance.
Is it really a good idea to use scarce criminal-justice resources to go after well-meaning and productive citizens? Small-business entrepreneurs certainly don’t think so, and some of them are fighting back.
For many urban women, particularly immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean, hair braiding is a great way to earn a living. It requires almost no initial investment, can pay a relatively high hourly wage and allows a flexible schedule. As is often the case, some established businesses are less than enthusiastic about the upstart competition. In fact, established full-service salons have pressured some state regulators to go after hair braiders for failing to secure a cosmetology license — despite the fact that hair braiders don’t use chemicals, razors or any of the other potentially hazardous tools used in a regular salon.
In Mississippi, the law required 3,200 hours of coursework just to apply for a license. Any violation was considered a crime. Hair braiders challenged the law in court in 2004 and won, requiring the law to be rewritten with more freedom and less economic protectionism. California law required at least nine months of full-time study at a cosmetology school, which could cost more than $5,000. A court in California found that the licensing requirement was irrational as applied to hair braiding and struck it down.
The Louisiana legislature has taken silly and abusive regulations even further. Want to open a flower shop in the Bayou State? First you’ll need a state-issued florist license. And to get the license, you must pass the state florist test, which just happens to be graded by established florists. It is no surprise that the exam is totally subjective and the pass rate is lower than the Louisiana state bar exam.
The justification for economic regulation is always the “public good,” but in many cases it is clear that lawmakers are simply protecting established businesses from competition. No one should be branded a criminal for practicing floristry without a license. Salesmen should not be treated like felons in the course of trying to earn an honest living for their families. Women who want to braid hair for a living deserve the freedom to do so without being crushed by senseless regulation. Instead, governments should celebrate the distinctly American entrepreneurial spirit and encourage the creation of new businesses.
There certainly are occupations that call for high training standards and regulatory oversight, although criminal law never should be used for accidental violations. But hair braiders and vacuum cleaner salesmen are not paramedics or pilots. When it comes to everyday Americans trying to do everyday jobs — like, say, floristry — government should “let 1,000 flowers bloom.”
Trent England is a legal policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Claire Wendt is a law student at Pepperdine University and was the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation intern at Heritage (heritage.org).
The UK’s top 10 most ridiculous British laws
- It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament
- It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen’s image upside-down
- It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store
- Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned
- If someone knocks on your door in Scotland and requires the use of your toilet, you are required to let them enter
- In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet
- The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the King, and the tail of the Queen
- It is illegal not to tell the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing
- It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour
- It is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls of York, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow
In the UK, it’s The Law Commission’s job to search out such laws and add them to a Repeal Bill, which gets passed by Parliament every few years. But there are still loads of bizarre laws out there that have never been revoked. Here are just a few:
If someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your commode, you must let them enter.
It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long as it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.
All English males over the age of 14 are to carry out 2 hours of Longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy.
No boy under the age of 12 may see a naked shop mannequin.
No one is allowed to die in Parliament. Well except the Queen. Westminster is a royal palace and anyone dying in a royal palace is eligible for a state funeral. So to avoid a costly funeral, if anyone does die, his or her body is removed before the death certificate is issued.
In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless in public except as a clerk in a tropical fish store.
In Bristol lovers are not allowed to kick a dog out of bed as apparently a dog – but not a cat - has the right to be a voyeur.
London taxi drivers are supposed to ask passengers if they are suffering from smallpox or the plague, since carrying sufferers is illegal.
A law introduced in 1307 ensures that the head of any dead whale found on the British coast becomes the property of the king and the tail belongs to the queen - should she need the bones for her corset.
It is illegal to wear armour in the Houses of Parliament
It is still an offence to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, although you are allowed to shake a doormat before 8am.
And finally, possibly the silliest of them all: it is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises ie. in a pub or bar. I think someone’s missing the point.
The silly stupid and absurd beer, wine and liquor laws in the US. so cheers and enjoy the humor.
This is a long one so be prepared and make sure you have a beer on hand, you may need it after reading this shit.
Sit back, crack the beer, read the beer prayer on the left and now begin to read the silly and stupid beer and wine laws below.. be careful to not spill.
The Silly Beer Laws by U.S. State in the list below are, by no means, a complete list of laws governing beer or alcoholic beverages. They are merely a broad illustration of the range of regulations covered, from the ridiculous to the mundane.
Cities and counties can choose to be “wet” or “dry” - 26 of 67 counties do not allow alcohol sales…A statewide ban on draft beer sales requires that cities and counties must take Legislative action to lift the ban in each jurisdiction. However, a section of the law allows draft beer “in rural communities with a predominantly foreign population. . . in accordance with the habit and customs of the people of any such rural community”…Twenty-three counties and cities have abolished the ban against Draft Beer in their districts…Likewise, Sunday alcohol sales are only allowed if a referendum has been passed…Ban on off-premises sale of alcohol on Sundays.
In Fairbanks, AK, it is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to moose.
An obviously intoxicated person can only stay for 30 minutes at the establishment that recognized he was drunk.
Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays
It is illegal for producers of alcoholic beverages to list the names of retailers or restaurants that sell their products, whether it is in advertising or in newsletters…It is illegal to display alcoholic beverages within five feet of a cash register in a store that sells both alcohol and motor fuel…A server can be convicted of selling alcohol to a minor if the minor uses a false or altered ID to obtain the alcohol.
It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence…It is also illegal 1) for liquor stores to sell food and 2) for food stores to sell alcohol with an ABW greater than 3.2%. Beer with 3.2% ABW is called “low point beer.” Beer with higher alcohol levels can be purchased in liquor stores…The sale of alcohol is prohibited on Election Day….Ban on off-premises sale of alcohol on Sundays.
Beer cannot be sold after 8 p.m…Pharmacists who use alcohol in compounding prescriptions must have a specific state license to do so.
Allows parents, guardians, or legal age spouse to furnish alcohol to minors in the private home of any said family member for medical, religious, or educational purposes.
1965 Law requires containers to be one of four sizes: 8, 12, 24 or 32 ounces only, prohibiting craft brewers from packaging in 22 ounce “bombers”, 750ml bottles, or any number of European style bottles.
The 1935 Law prohibiting the sale of beer having more than 6% ABV was repealed in 2004…Bans off-premises sales of alcohol on Sundays.
Underage purchase of alcohol is prohibited except for law enforcement purposes…Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.
Possession of an unregistered, unlabeled keg is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 or prison for 6 months.
A person commits a “social host offense” by renting a hotel or motel room for the purpose of or with the knowledge that such room be used for the consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage persons.
It is illegal for liquor stores to sell milk or cold soft drinks. They can, however, sell soft drinks at room temperature….It is illegal to carry an alcoholic drink from the bar to a table - this can only be done by a waiter or waitress…Drinks “on the house” are illegal…Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
In Ames, Iowa, it is still illegal for men to have 3 sips of beer while they are in bed with their wives…It is illegal to “run a tab” in Iowa.
Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays…Underage consumption of alcohol is illegal except for cereal malt beverages (defined as any fermented but undistilled liquor brewed or made from malt or from a mixture of malt or malt substitute, but not including any such liquor which is more than 3.2 % ABW).
It is illegal to send a bottle of beer, wine, or spirits as a gift to anyone in Kentucky - this can result in a 5-year term in prison…Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
Underage possession of alcohol is illegal except when in a private residence, and furnished by a parent, guardian or legal aged spouse for one or more specified religious, educational, or medical purposes.
It is illegal to possess an unlabeled, unregistered keg - punishment is a maximum fine of $500 and/or time in prison. It is illegal to destroy the label on a keg, punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 or 6 months in prison.
Alcohol beverage writers must be certified as experts by a state agency in order to be eligible to receive product samples. The beverage writer can only receive three bottles per brand.
In Woburn, MA, it is illegal to walk around with a beer in your hand.
Prohibited to serve alcohol on Christmas Day, including at restaurants serving holiday buffets…Local laws exist too - one town prohibits brewpubs from selling beer-to-go…It is illegal for a minor (person under 21) to give an alcoholic beverage as a gift to anyone, even if they are of legal drinking age…It is illegal to allow restaurant diners to take an unfinished bottle of any alcoholic beverage home with them.
It is specifically NOT a crime to be inebriated in public…Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
A parent, guardian, or legal age spouse may furnish beer or wine to minors over the age of 18.
In St. Louis, MO, it is illegal to sit on a street curb and drink beer from a bucket…It is illegal for any person under 21 to handle household trash with even one empty alcohol beverage container in it…In Natchez, MO, it is illegal to serve elephants beer or other alcoholic beverages.
It is illegal to destroy the label on a keg, punishable by a maximum fine of $500 or 6 months in prison…A parent or guardian can furnish alcohol to a minor in a non-intoxicating amount for one or more specified religious, educational, or medical purposes.
We are moving on to the N’s now… wow, thats like 1/2 way through this list… check out the beer mug below and make sure it does not resemble you.
It is illegal for a bar to sell beer unless it is simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup…Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.
You cannot be served an alcoholic drink unless you are sitting down.
If convicted of “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI), you lose the privilege of applying for personalized license plates for a period of three years.
Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.
Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.
“Private Club Rule” applies - to sell liquor, an establishment must also sell a set percentage in food sales, unless they are a Private Club. To join a “private club,” you must fill out an application and wait three days to pick up a club card. State regulated liquor stores are not permitted to advertise.
Beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.
It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
Beer stronger than 3.2% must be purchased in state liquor stores…Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
Underage purchase of alcohol is prohibited except for law enforcement purposes…Underage possession of alcohol is illegal except when in a private residence, and a parent or guardian is present or consents and it is for one or more specified religious, educational, or medical purposes.
Patrons must buy a case at a beer distributor…Six-packs must be purchased at a tavern - exception is the grocery store with eat-in café who has an E license…It is illegal to be intoxicated in public…It is illegal to have a previously opened container of any alcoholic beverage in your car…Parents or guardians cannot furnish an alcoholic beverage to their child under any circumstance, including within their private residence.
Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
Private Club Rule - It is illegal to sell alcoholic beverages on a Sunday unless you are a Private Club.
Underage possession of alcohol is allowed for one or more specified religious, educational, or medical purposes.
Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
The Encyclopedia Brittanica is banned in Texas because it contains a recipe for making homebrew…In Lefors, TX, it is illegal to take more than three sips of beer while standing…In Houston, TX, it is illegal to purchase beer after midnight on Sunday, but it is legal to purchase beer anytime on Monday, including just after midnight on Sunday…It is illegal to sell less than 100 ml of alcohol in Texas, making it illegal to sell less than 2 mini-bottles (airplane-size) in one purchase…In McKinney, TX, you can be arrested for “intent to distribute in a dry city” if you are caught with anything over a case (24 pack)…Texas also has a “Private Club Rule” allowing members to legally drink alcoholic beverages in dry counties.
3.2% ABW (4% ABV) limit on draft beer, preventing craft brewers in the state from creating a full range of beer styles…To get an alcoholic beverage at a restaurant, you must either bring your own, or you must buy a “set-up” and have them pour it…However, you can buy beer at a gas station or convenience store…Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.
It is illegal to destroy the label on a keg, punishable by a maximum fine of $1000 or a prison sentence of 2 years.
If an intoxicated driver is stopped in Virginia Beach, VA, for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and you are a drunk passenger, you can also be charged with a DUI.
A grocery store licensee may sell malt liquor in containers no larger than five and one-half gallons.
It is illegal to furnish alcohol to minors except by relatives by blood or marriage.
An underage person is prohibited from knowingly possessing an alcoholic beverage unless accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or spouse who has attained the legal drinking age.
Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited…Underage purchase of alcohol is illegal except for law enforcement purposes.
After reading this long ass list of crazy, silly and just stupid beer laws… you may relate to this great image.
The US does not hold the patent on the outdated and absurd… here are some silly laws from other countries.
In Philippines, cars whose license plates end with a 1 or 2 are not allowed on the roads on Monday, 3 or 4 on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 or 0 on Friday from 7:00 AM onwards to keep roads free of traffic jams.
In Singapore, it is illegal to come within 50 meters of a pedestrian crossing marker on any street.
In South Korea, traffic policemen are required to report all bribes that they receive from motorists.
In Sweden, prostitution is legal but it is illegal to use the services of a prostitute.
In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 PM.
In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house without wearing underwear.
Talk about the absurd… what the hell were these fools thinking?
At first glance this does look like a joke of somekind.. you really gotta look at the image and say WTF! This is the biggest lynching in history for sure.
But it is real, this is the lynching of an elephant named Mary.
The year is 1916 and vigilante justice is the rage, whether its a negro or an elephant at the end of the noose does not seem to matter, townspeople come out in mobs, a family affair, to see the spectacle of a good lynching to satisfy the bloodlust.
War was raging and… It was a good year for scapegoats. It was a good year to hang an elephant.
I do say lynching because lynching is the execution without trial carried out by an angry mob… and yes, there was a town angry at Mary.
A circus came to town along with the elephants, clown and trained seals. Mary the elephant was billed as the largest elephant around with the promoters hyping her up as have killed a dozen people for the show.
Here is part of the elephant lynching story and the event that led to such a sick act.
Mary was billed as “the largest living land animal on earth”; her owner claimed she was three inches bigger than Jumbo, P.T. Barnum’s famous pachyderm. At 30 years old, Mary was five tons of pure talent: she could “play 25 tunes on the musical horns without missing a note”; the pitcher on the circus baseball-game routine, her .400 batting average “astonished millions in New York.”
Rumor and exaggeration swarmed about Mary like flies. She was worth a small fortune: $20,000, Charlie Sparks claimed. She was dangerous, having killed two men, or was it eight, or 18?
She was Charlie Sparks’ favorite, his cash cow, his claim to circus fame. She was the leader of his small band of elephants, an exotic crowd-pleaser, an unpredictable giant.
On Monday, September 11, 1916, Sparks World Famous Shows played St. Paul, Va., a tiny mining town in the Clinch River Valley.
Which is where drifter Red Eldridge made a fatal decision. Slight and flame-haired, Red had nothing to lose by signing up with Sparks World Famous Shows: he’d dropped into St. Paul from a Norfolk and Western boxcar and decided to stay for a while.
Eldridge was hired as an elephant handler and marched in the circus parade that afternoon. From statements from that time, it seems that Eldridge may not have had the experience or smarts to handle such large animals. Yep, he may not have realized a 5 ton animal can kill you with a step.
The story of what happened has many versions, the witness story seemed to keep changing. There were 5 versions of how the man was killed from being accidental to a fit of rage. Anyway… the town wanted justice and since mob justice and lynchings were all the rage in the early 1900’s… an public elephant execution was demanded.
They tried to shoot Mary, but that had little effect. They tried electrocution but that did not kill her either. So they wanted the tried and true method of hanging. Mary was hung from a railroad crane that at first try broke, sent her crashing to the ground breaking her hip.
The following is way sick for society, even turn of the last century, and families with children but… more than 2,500 people gathered to watch Mary swing near the turn-table and powerhouse on that drizzly afternoon.
One of those witnesses, Myrtle Taylor, remembered that every child in Erwin was at the Clinchfield Yards. “And they took the other elephants and Mary down Love Street from the performance to the railyards, trunk to tail. We kids hung back because we were scared to death, but still we wanted to see it.”
Wade Ambrose, who was 20 at the time Mary was hung, recalls that the roustabouts chained Mary’s leg to the rail, then drove her companions back around the roundhouse.
“They had a time getting the chain around her neck. Then they hooked the boom to the neck chain, and when they began to lift her up, I heard the bones and ligaments cracking in her foot. They finally discovered that she’d not been released from the rail, so they did that.”
Lynchings were never real laws, they were illegal, but back than the mob was the law. Here are some of the craziest excuses I have ever heard for punishment, much less capitol punishment.
These are all reasons people, mostly black men, got lynched in the Southern United States at the turn of the last century.
The reasons seem just insane, if you read the lists you run into many men lynched for such capitol crimes as:
- Talking back
- Cursing a white woman
- Entering a woman’s room
- Mistaken Identity (yes, that is a reason on one of them, those fools could not even come up with a better cover story than just Whoops!)
- Outraging a girl
- Bad language
- Race prejudice (haha, go figure that one)
- Being a foreign worker (Say what? never knew working was a crime)
- Dangerous Character
- Violated Ferry law
- Attempted a train wreck (huh?)
- An awful lot of just pissing off some white woman
- and here is a great one: The daughter of a murderer / son of a murderer.
- The Unknown Outrageous act (thats always a sure thing… you see… its unknown, but someone did say it was outrageous! It was so outrageous, they could not even remember what it was)
- Angered the Klan
I look at that list in astonishment. Its just amazing how little value was placed on life not all that long ago where a mob would lynch a person for something as trivial as “insulting a woman”… Hell, if they kept that shit up, 2/3 of the male population would have been hanging from a tree before ever reaching puberty.
Here are the links to the full lists of Lynchings in the Southern US.
florida hangings and lynchings in 1900's">Florida Lynchings
alabama and the south">Alabama Lynchings
and here is one of the worst excuses for a lynching in the great state of Kentucky for an entire family… babies and all
Mrs. Walker lynched for race prejudice
Mr. Walker lynched for cursing a white woman
3 walker children for race prejudice
Daughter and son walker lynched for race prejudice
and lastly baby walker lynched for race prejudice.
From how it reads it looks like 3 generations. Just sick
WOW… I never knew babies could be prejudiced against white folk since they can’t yet talk.