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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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G’day, GN!

Maaaaaaan…I wish I’d had as much coffee as Mac’s thread owl.

One of Gwinnett’s Finest™ is in a bit of hot water for lying in order to perform a warrantless search of an apartment.

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gwinnett-county/prosecutors-officer-entered-drug-house-without-warrant-then-tried-to-cover-it-up/994805128

Prosecutors said a Gwinnett County police officer entered a drug house without a warrant and then tried to cover up his action.

Now, Officer Kevin Sipple is demoted and could face some tough times on the witness stand. The officer has been kicked off the drug task force as prosecutors assess the damage.

“Why would I lie to her?” Sipple said as he spoke to internal affairs investigators.

At issue is his role on a federal drug task force and the seizure of a large stash of heroin and meth that was found in a secret compartment inside a Roswell Road apartment.

“We knew we weren’t going to be able to get a search warrant,” Sipple said.

Sipple admitted he couldn’t get a warrant, so he took a different route. Apartment manager Jessica Restrepo told investigators that Sipple told her he had to conduct a wellness check.

Because Sipple is a “brave hero in blue”, he largely gets away with it.

Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas reviewed records that show Sipple was suspended for one day, taken off the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force and sent back to patrol duty.

But we should respect the law…pfffffft!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

When commanders found out what Sipple had told management, they accused Sipple of violating policy, writing that he “had no lawful reason to enter the apartment and was in violation of the suspect’s 4th amendment rights” by entering the home and not having a warrant.

Notice that it’s always “policy” that’s broken, and never “the law”?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Cruel and unusual punishment.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Happy Tuesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

It’s another beautiful day in the paradise that is California. I’m sure there’s some state law or regulation I’ve broken already, without even knowing about it. Gas prices keep going up -- my “cheap” station is $3.939, but the roads aren’t getting any better. I’m sure all of that gas tax money is going somewhere.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Machinist

The three gas stations closest to my home are $4.09, $4.25, and $4.39.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hi, Paddy and Mac!

Mac --

Our belated condolences to Elena and her family.

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Here are a couple of websites which might help you locate salutary gas prices in your area:

https://www.gasbuddy.com/

https://www.autoblog.com/cheap-gas-prices/

Jim teh Roofer’s been keeping me posted re his local gas prices; criminy.

Notice that it’s always “policy” that’s broken, and never “the law”?

When you’re a member of the mandarin class -- to whom laws largely don’t apply -- breaking policy generally has larger consequences than illegality. (Because of appearances…which they occasionally care about. Amamzing how frequently “the system” protects its own.)

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As seen on Twitter:

“Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Halloween. . I guess they don’t appreciate random people knocking on their door.”

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

I use gasbuddy to check on prices, but there’s only so much it can do.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

If you eat your zoodles, you can get your gas for free.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

But it’s hard to drive and supply the engine at the same time -- unless you’ve rigged up a tube.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Hello Mac and Fatwa and Paddy. Still recovering slowly from my back injury, but going to work and functioning more or less OK. I hurt though.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Just got a notice from SoCal Edison to prepare for power shutoffs due to hot and windy coming up. I’m curious how this all works: do they shut off power to traffic lights, street lights, businesses, schools?

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

Good question. Unless they have back-up generators to power traffic and street lights, then they’d have to, if the goal is to prevent their old, poorly-maintained equipment from starting a fire.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Well, I have the feeling we are about to find out.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Hmmmm. “The previous Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for all areas of Ventura County. In effect from 3 AM Thursday -- 6 PM Friday. Wind gusts 45-70 MPH. Minimum humidity 3%-10%. Conditions may be favorable for extreme fire behavior.”

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

While I was sucking down drugs and icing my back, the NBA went ahead and screwed the pooch. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of hypocritical assholes.