Up for Debate: SCOTUS, the sheriff and strip searches

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:22am

In this week's print edition, Sheriff Daron Hall talks about last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on full-body strip searches on inmates. What do you think of what the sheriff has to say? How do you feel about the ruling? What's the likelihood of it leading to overuse or abuse of power?

96 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 12:25

90 degrees will feel good come summer.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 12:40

It's our successes in fighting aerosol pollution that has caused the warming trend of recent record gd.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 12:43

That doesn't look good on the funding requests though and serves no end toward world egalitarianism; so we get" Anthropological global warming by the hands of evil American Capitalist Pigs!" instead. Follow the money, as they say.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 12:48

Does anyone else think the term 'SCOTUS' in the same sentence with 'strip search' seems kinda dirty.

I'm betting Thomas wears no pants under the robe. It'd be a great story to tell after a few boilermakers at the country club. And I bet Ginsburg is naked under there too... especially during the Bill Clinton years... free love and all of that.

By: gdiafante on 4/10/12 at 1:13

It's our successes in fighting aerosol pollution that has caused the warming trend of recent record gd.

Aerosol pollution is why we have to wear SPF 400 to spend an hour out in the sun. Though I do agree that correcting man-made pollution has altered the global weather pattern. Only an idiot would think man doesn't affect it.

By: brrrrk on 4/10/12 at 1:21

George Zimmerman Had More Legal Authority To Shoot And Kill Than Our Troops Do At War


By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 1:23

Betcha a beer I'm right gd... though I'm not sure that the climate industry and its benefactors in government will ever admit it.

I use to right a for an environmental blog and did a ton of research on it. Look up the "weekend effect" ... the "China Paradox"... it only makes sense that a weather change we can measure over a weekend without traffic could be experienced over decades of cleaner and cleaner air in cities due to higher emission standards.

We also have seen the warming reach a peak that I predicted instead of continuing to rise and rise like all of the models in the 90s were saying. It's because we have hit a point of diminishing returns in how much aerosol pollution we can remove from the air. CO2 is a trailing trend not the primary cause.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 1:24

right -> write

By: Loner on 4/10/12 at 1:25

Boy....I leave you guys alone for a few hours and look what happens....you end up fantasizing about what Ruth Bader Ginsburg wore under her judicial robes....you need constant supervision?

Yes, Ben, I too though SCOTUS looked too much like SCROTUM when aligned with "strip search"....must be us, not the NCP...they are too innocent? I used the USSC acronym...for the sake of the cheeeldren.

By: gdiafante on 4/10/12 at 1:26

Aerosol pollution is the least of our worries, Ben. Travel to Korea or China. Breathe in that fine air. I bet you a beer you can't take a deep breath without coughing.

By: gdiafante on 4/10/12 at 1:27

Santorum just quit the race. Looks like the underwhelming choice for GOP will be Romney.

That sound you hear is millions of Republicans putting their fist through a wall.

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 1:34

I subscribed to the Milankovitch theory in the 70's. Argued with friends..but..but..but..those guys are scientists, they know what of they speak.
Bought a heavy overcoat, took an Igloo building course. Talked to the old lady in ''Crab Orchard'' Tn. she said: ''prepare for the great freeze my son.'' I obeyed.

By: gdiafante on 4/10/12 at 1:42

Don't worry about it slack, that was the 70's. People thought polyester was cool.

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 1:46

''Fan Fair'' depleted the entire stock of polyester.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 1:46

About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.

If the pace of the rise accelerates as much as expected, researchers found, coastal flooding at levels that were once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence by the middle of this century.


By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 1:50

Ah, Ha, Ha, Ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive...

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 1:52

It will be cleaned up, gd. They are comparable to us in the 30s to the 60's right now and we've already invented all the technology they will need to clean it up. They just have to get the majority of their population up living on more than just a dollar or so a day. Until then they've rightly got priorities other than the environment.

By: Loner on 4/10/12 at 1:55

Thanks for the update, Gd....maybe they offered Santorum the VP slot?

So, the GOP us offering us a man whose daddy never served in uniform, his kids have never served in uniform and he himself has never served in uniform. A chicken-hawk tycoon from the Vietnam War era....that's the best that the Republican Party could manage as their choice for the US Commander-In-Chief?

Absolutely pathetic.

Let's see, Mitt held office as Gov. of Massachusetts from 2003 thru 2007. And he runs Bain Capital. I guess that's sufficient training for the CINC job....he already knows that the War Super Lobby (Defense, Israel & Energy) call the shots...all he has to do is sign the papers and pose for pictures.....and read a teleprompter.

Mitt promised to visit Israel as his first port of call if he wins the US Presidency....that's world-class sucking-up....Mitt would be a willing vassal to the Israeli PM....let there be no doubt about that.

And yes, he has great hair and looks fit for a man who just turned 65....Mitt is a low-mileage beauty....he looks Presidential...that's good enough these days.

By: gdiafante on 4/10/12 at 1:58

I hope you're right Ben, but given that these countries give a rats ass about their people, I tend to be more pessimistic until I actually see them clean it up.

By the way, my weed eater is responsible for at least a .02 change in global temps...but it cuts really well so suck it.

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 2:01

Loner, Mitt's gotta work on getting the ladies into the fold. Obama is promising birth control, free make-up, and declaring June as the month of the women.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:02

It was just pure greed for furniture covering, which leaded to the extinction of the poor Naga.


By: Loner on 4/10/12 at 2:04

Now, the stage is set for Ron Paul to announce his candidacy for POTUS as a Libertarian....that would take a lot of gas out of the GOP's gasbag right about now....yep, RP could be the spoiler for the MIttster....I hope that RP goes for it....I'd like to see that silver-haired, skinny, old fart on the same stage as BHO and Mitt....making more sense than either one of the "contenders"....just for comic relief, of course.

As for Disco Fever...I invented the "Bobo Shuffle"....no brag....just fact.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 2:07

20/20 and 60 minutes are just chomping at the bit to do the spooky Mormon expose after the nomination is locked in. Mittens is the one the Obama crew wanted to go up against. Now they've got another couple of divisive wedges they can use... conservatives vs. republicans and Christians vs. Mormons. Plus it shores up the class envy wedge and probably doesn't hurt the women's wedge either.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:07

I'm still going to vote for Obama, no matter what Paul does.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 2:10

lol nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:12

If that happenings Ben, I think that they will only be covering Santorum’s attack. I suppose you think they are just should ignore the obvious?

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 2:15

Many think that Tom Hanks, anticipating that Mitt would get the nomination, produced the series: ''Big Love''

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:16

Now Ben, don’t be fretting over any wedge issues. After all it was the GOP that invented wedge issues. Willie Horton, The Gay issue to mention a few.

By: Loner on 4/10/12 at 2:17

Mitt Romney has a plan for the nation's ladies....he's 100% in favor of a woman's right to choose and he supports the idea of a national healthcare plan to cover the costs of an abortion....for Israeli women.....the Israeli fetus has no right-to-life, it seems; but Israel has a right-to-exist, as a Jewish state....Mitt is a statist.

Mitt has never spoken out about the Israeli "abortion mills"...check it out for yourselves....some 50,000 Israeli abortions are performed annually, in a nation of 6 million, that is a high rate, folks....here's my source:


Somebody needs to question Mitt about his double standard on this issue.

Again, I support a woman's right to choose...I object the GOP hypocrisy on this.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 2:17

No but the media is saving it because they wanted Romney to win the nomination and face Obama. It's their hopeful knock-out punch against Mittens. I think their efforts might fizzle though because most Christians identify more with Mormon values than they do Marxist Black Liberation Theology values.

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 2:22

Nemo, I think Al Gore came up with Willie Horton.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:27

No it was George H. W. Bush that came up with Willie.

Do you remember the TV ads Ben?

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 2:30

Nemo, dig deeper. You'll find that Al Gore brought it up with Dukakis.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:35

Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis was the governor of Massachusetts at the time of Horton's release, and while he did not start the furlough program, he had supported it as a method of criminal rehabilitation. The State inmate furlough program was actually signed into law by Republican Governor Francis W. Sargent in 1972. However, under Sargent, convicted first-degree murderers were not eligible for furlough.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:39

Soory slackers, I’m familiar with the Al Gore part of it and I am having a hard time finding anything about it.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:43

Spoke to soon.

Hannity falsely claimed that "Al Gore brought Willie Horton to the American people"
November 10, 2004 3:42 pm ET
In an attempt to defend the Republican Party against a charge of race-baiting, FOX News Channel host Sean Hannity falsely claimed that former Vice President "Al Gore brought Willie Horton to the American people." Hannity's comment came on the November 9 edition of Hannity & Colmes, after a guest, Princeton University professor Cornel West, named Horton, who is black, as an example of the GOP's political exploitation of race.


By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:45

Hannity's claim that it was Gore, and not the Bush-Quayle '88 campaign, who engaged in race-baiting by using the Horton case against Dukakis is false. During a 1988 Democratic primary debate, Gore did ask Dukakis about "weekend passes for convicted criminals." But as Slate "Chatterbox" columnist Timothy Noah noted on November 1, 1999, "Gore never mentioned that Horton was black; indeed, he never mentioned Horton by name."

By: Captain Nemo on 4/10/12 at 2:47

Got to go now.

You may play now yogi, if you promise to be good.

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 2:47

Nemo, George Bush ran with the Horton deal of course. But Al Gore did mention it first.
My point was, both sides will throw any garbage they can come up with at each other.
These campaigns are way to long. But negative campaigning has always been the norm in our country.

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 2:50

Nemo sorry. Didn't see your last post.

By: gdiafante on 4/10/12 at 3:09

I think you're both wrong. Obama first mentioned Willy. This was part of the conspiracy to put him in the White House. They knew that if Dukakis won, there would never be another Democrat elected again, so he sabotaged his campaign, thus ensuring that 20 years later the country would succumb to a Marxist Black Theologan with Communist sympathy that is likely the anti-Christ.

Right yogi?

By: slacker on 4/10/12 at 3:18

Somehow I know... Kevin Bacon was involved.

By: BenDover on 4/10/12 at 3:55

Dukakis committed political suicide with the Tank Commander pictures.

By: bfra on 4/10/12 at 4:09

Not as much as Bush, in his toy flight suit and hugh "Mission Accomplished" banner!

By: Loner on 4/10/12 at 5:18

Well, we went from strip searching to soul searching here today....from Sheriff Hall to Willie Horton...and a good riddance to Rick Santorum....we hope....the guy could be like a rotting zombie...popping up again.....as the GOP's Veep candidate in 2012?

Question of the day: Who looked sillier...Dukakis in that snoopy-style tanker's helmet....or Junior Bush in that Flight-suit with cod-piece? Two chickenhawks playing soldier.....it would funny, if it were not so despicable.

Unless Bibi Netanyahu attacks the Persians this Summer, this is Obama's election to lose.....let's hope that the Chosen People choose wisely...our economy and our government is in their blessed hands.


Where is Ron Paul? We need a savior.

By: parnell3rd on 4/10/12 at 8:30

We're all missing the point! BenDover has the perfect name for jailtime! Boy, the jailor lost his keys and let all of you libs out on smoke break at the same time!
And Tennessee had a Demoncratic Gov. taking money for clemency letting prisoners out of jail eary. Oh, yall forgot that one right?