Berry's World
Saturday, August 16, 2003
 
IT'S OFFICIAL!

You can mark it down. I am, officially, old. The truth hit me like Clara Harris' Mercedes-Benz. Just how did I come to this rather depressing conclusion?

I realized that I was a card carrying member of old people everywhere tonight when I tuned in for Nightline and got mad when I found that Teddy Koppel's show would be delayed by the X-TREME ZONE, a 15 minute wrap up of the X-Games. I seethed and simmered through the X-TREME ZONE, including an insightful look inside the world of women's skateboarding, until I realized that I had become my father. In my own defense, I would like to point out that I was NOT wearing black socks and short pants at the time.
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Friday, August 15, 2003
 
BOGUS DRUG CHECKPOINTS

Talk Left has an interesting post concerning the growing use of fake drug points by police in a effort to nab drug users and drug dealers. Here’s the scam: Police put up signs that say “Narcotic Checkpoint 1 mile ahead” and then have camouflaged officers hiding to see if anybody throws anything out of their car, or abruptly turns around.

In Colorado, Stephen Corbin Roth threw a marijuana pipe out of his window, and was arrested for littering. Police then searched his car and found another pipe and some mushrooms.

While actual drug checkpoints are illegal, fake checkpoints are not, ruled the Colorado and Indiana Supreme Courts. With real drug checkpoints, police have no reasonable suspicion to search a car, where if somebody illegally litters, then police have the right to search the car.

I’m wondering what would happen if somebody legally turned around after seeing the drug checkpoint sign. (In Indiana, the police set it up so the driver could NOT turn legally around or pull off the highway.) If a driver, after seeing the sign, legally turned around or pulled off the highway, I hardly think that would rise to the level of giving the police reasonable suspicion to search a car.

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IS THAT RIGHT?

During a medium speed police pursuit, we got this gem from our local Fox helicopter jockey Rod Bernson:

“In these types of situations, events are very unpredictable. As a matter of fact, you can’t predict how these things turn out.”

Thanks, Rod.

UPDATE: It appears that Rod's prediction that you can't make predictions about police chases was correct, as it looks like the suspect leading the chase decided to save the L.A. District Attorney's office a pile of work by sentencing himself to death.
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

After an unscheduled trip out of town to deal with an unplanned emergency (as opposed to one of those well-planned and scrupulously scheduled emergencies) I have returned to Berry’s World to find that all hell has broken loose.

My fellow California voters seem to have decided that being inexperienced and unqualified is not a deal-breaker when it comes to becoming our Governor.

The power went out in small pockets of the northeast and, thankfully, Greg Palast finds a way to blame President Bush. (I know a lot of people consider Palast a nut, or a conspiracy freak, but when you read his work, he really does make sense. If you haven’t read The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.)

NBC is advertising their ‘new’ and ‘original’ series Coupling, airing this fall. I guess Coupling could be considered ‘new’ and ‘original’ if it weren’t a complete, word-for-word rip-off of the TV program called, ironically enough, Coupling , which has aired on BBC America for the last couple of years. What do you wanna bet that the U.S. version of Coupling won’t be half as funny as the U.K. version?

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