Another self-righteous asshole rants against people he fears. And his name is Sam Harris.

Sam Harris has a Ph.D. from UCLA and somehow thinks that entitles him to tell other people how to live their lives. His latest blathering includes:

“There are people who have really been terrorized by their parents, and people who terrorize their kids with a fear of hell, for instance. I hear from people who their entire life — they’re in their 40s and they’re only now just coming out of the prison of having spent their entire lives being afraid of being tortured (for) an eternity by Satan. This is in the 21st century, in the United States.”

Harris is one of those zealots who can’t stop themselves from evangelizing. In his case it’s against religion, but the zealots on both sides all pretty much sound alike.

Yet Harris is worse. He pretends to be a scientist, then assembles a couple anecdotes and thinks that he has proven a law of nature.

Hey, Harris: Bite me!

Atheist Sam Harris rips the head of the National Institute of Health for pushing religious ‘bullsh*t’.

‘Breathe Easy’ pro-police t-shirts

Jason Barthel of South Bend IN is selling a pro-police shirt that reads, “Breathe Easy – Don’t Break the Law.”

I’m actually pro-police and I’m glad that my taxes go to pay their salaries. But I think that the side that wants to rein in police abuse needs more support nowadays than the law-and-order side.

Particularly interesting is what Barthel posted on his Facebook page:

For those upset, please understand when we use the slogan ‘Breathe Easy’ we are referring to knowing the police are there for you! We are one people, one nation regardless of race, religion, creed or gender. We are all in this together. The police are here to protect and serve. 99.9% of us have the greater good in our hearts each time we strap on our uniforms and duty belts. We are all one people and this is by no means is a slam on Eric Garner or his family, God rest his soul. Lets all band together as AMERICANS regardless of our feelings and know we can and will be better!

‘Breathe Easy’: Cop protests Notre Dame demonstration with pro-police shirts.

Bank of America does it again

When Bank of America wouldn’t halt its incessant robocalls to Nelson and Joyce Coniglio of Florida, they sued. And won $1 million.

That’s nice.

But the Bitemaster remembers when BOA wouldn’t pay the judgment they owed another Florida couple. So Warren and Maureen Nyerges took the Sheriff and a moving van to the local branch, prepared to seize the bank’s furniture for sale at auction to satisfy the judgment. After a tense standoff, Bank of America did cut them a check.

Hey, BOA — Bite me!

Fla. couple tormented by Bank of America robocalls wins $1M – NY Daily News.

Senate report says Dr. Stanley Milgram was right

Yup, in the right circumstances, ordinary people will waterboard, threaten sexual violence, or use rectal hydration (WTF is that?) to try to extract information from prisoners.

Are those torture techniques reliable? Sure, if by “reliable” you mean do they cause the victim pain. Not at all if you mean does torture yield useful intelligence.

Which brings us to today’s joke:

In the spirit of the evolving peace process, and in an effort to establish which of Ireland’s many security forces would take a leading role in the new cross-border bodies, the two police forces and the two armies were each brought to a secluded forest area in South Armagh, and given the task of catching a rabbit, which had just been released there (courtesy of the FCA‘s Counter Terrrorism Squad)

The Gardaí (Irish Police Force) went in to the forest. They placed animal informants throughout their patch. They questioned all plant and mineral witnesses. They did a video reconstruction of the rabbit’s release for Crimeline, and waited for some punter to solve the crime for them. After three months of intensive investigation, they concluded that rabbits do not exist.

Next came the Irish Army. They set up two base camps, and cleared a path through the forest for the Pajero patrol from one to the other. They placed listening devices in the undergrowth, but unable to hear any signs of animal life on the tapes. Their investigation is still ongoing, six months later.

The British Army moved into the forest in full combat gear, with fifteen helicopters and three small tanks. After two weeks without a capture, they burned their patch of forest to the ground, killing everything in it, including the rabbit. An investigation found that no blame could be attached to any individual, as the local animal community were clearly harbouring the rabbit.

The RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) moved into the forest. Two hours later, they came out dragging a badly beaten bear. The bear was screaming “Okay! Okay!, I’m a rabbit! I’m a rabbit!”

Senate Report Says Torture Program Was More Gruesome, Widespread Than CIA Claimed.

See Milgram experiment.

Source for the joke.

Sergeants Benevolent Association Prez says Mayor should leave town

When Mayor de Blasio said that he taught his African-American children to be extra careful around the police, Ed Mullins, the President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association said Hizzoner “may want to think about moving out of New York City completely. He just doesn’t belong here.”

Mullins knows exactly what he’s talking about — he lives on Long Island.

New York, U.S. Politics, Columnists & Political Cartoons – NY Daily News.

NYC now armed encampment

In the wake of the failure of the Staten Island (it’s part of New York City) grand jury to indict police office Daniel Pantaleo for choking Eric Garner to death, there have been several protest marches in the city.

In response, the police department has deployed every available officer and police vehicle to the Upper West Side, as well as a police helicopter overhead. The protests seem peaceful so far but the police are in full riot gear.

Are the police overreacting? Maybe. But if the demonstrators tried to burn down my house, I’d want the cops there lickety-split.

NYC Mayor de Blasio reboots huge Bloomberg tech boondoggle

When exHizzoner Bloomberg was in control of the program to overhaul the 911 system in New York City, he made millionaires out of scores of tech consultants. The result, the $2 billion project is millions over budget and years behind schedule.

The new guy, de Blasio, has cut three quarters of the consultants and brought supervision of the project in-house.

It may or may not go better, but it sure ain’t gonna go worse.

City takes control of flawed 911 system overhaul – NY Daily News.

Attorney Bob McCulloch successfully defends officer Darren Wilson in front of grand jury

In a masterful example of the art of the defense attorney, Bob McCulloch presented his case before the St. Louis Grand Jury. McCulloch impeached witnesses, showed contradictions in their testimony and weaknesses in their memory. Having thoroughly undermined the prosecution’s case, he then gave the jury a narrative that they could embrace instead: that Wilson shot in self defense because he was being attacked by a hulking teenager who had the look of a “demon.”

The Bitemaster hereby nominates McCulloch for this year’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award to be given by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Ferguson Grand Jury Testimony Full Of Inconsistencies.

De Blasio wants wants other people to stop speeding

Back in February, NYC Mayor Di Blasio proposed that taxi meters be modified so they wouldn’t charge whenever the cab was driving over the speed limit. Then two days later, Hizzoner’s own motorcade was caught speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone, and up to 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Hey Di Blasio, is the speed limit just for the little people?

De Blasio wants to shut down meters to slow speeding cabs | New York Post.