Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Personal Responsibility

I read this article this morning and it ticked me off. A couple is suing Howard County after they allowed a guest to bring marijuana into their house, spread the pot and "paraphenalia" on their table, and otherwise display patently law-breaking behavior. The police mistakenly stormed their home on a search warrant that was meant for the house next door and killed their dog in the process.

I am a dog lover. Any kind, no matter the perceived disposition. That is not the issue here. The issue is that when you allow a guest to flaunt drugs around your house, you take a risk. Did they take on the risk of having their dog killed? Not necessarily. But did they put themselves in the gray area of law enforcement and privacy concerns, absolutely. In that gray area, there is a lot of play as to what rights you have. Terms such as "probable cause" and "reasonable suspicion" come into the mix. To now act the victim (our society's favorite character) and sue the county is ridiculous.

Further along that vein, a recent study has shown that the building costs of medical insurance that the Dems point to as a reason for universal coverage is largely attributable to obesity. People are getting fat. Those people have poor health. They want cheap insurance to address their health problems. No responsibility.

My final gripe is from a commercial I listened to this morning. It warned investors that stocks have risk. How stupid are we that we need a commercial to tell us that stocks have risk?

The more we coddle, the more we weaken.


  1. Obviously people can be stupid from time to time, like stock investors, people who eat Big macs and cops who bust through the wrong house!

    I would think they'd win their suit because the cops entered without probable cause or a proper warrant.

  2. Thanks for the comment Jack.

    Most of these police mistakes end up in a settlement. It also depends on what you think "winning is". The couple may get their door paid for, but any additional damages would be unlikely unless the couple shows recklessness or intent.

  3. Also Jack, the issue is not stupidity (although calling cops "Stupid" appears to be the new "Yes We Can"). The issue is that we are coddling bad behavior instead of saying "Yes, the police made a mistake, but where is the shame in having drugs in your house." "Yes, our health care costs are high, but why don't you lose 15 lbs and take care of yourself." And "If you think stocks are just about making money, invest in a savings account."

  4. There's more to this than you know. The Howard County Police are very anti-dog and I speak from first hand experience. They HATE dogs. All dogs, and apparently, based on recent actions, believe dogs should be shot from behind for running away from armed intruders.

    Tom, this could happen to you and you're opinion would be different if you experienced what I've experienced in my own home, which by the way has always been 100% free of illegal activity.

    They can take your dog, they can shoot your dog and they KNOW there will be no consequence. Its an abuse of power which is THE worst sin imaginable. No different than child abuse, rape, and politicians who make anti-citizen decisions for the benefit of their own career; it all falls into the same category - abuse of power.

    It's not simply stupidity and it's not going away.

  5. Thanks Anonymous.

    I think I probably could have written my last post better. I accept the fact that the police busting into the wrong house is bad and that a dog was killed. That is horrible.

    Now, did they bust into the house to kill this dog and bust them for pot? Probably not. Considering the fact that both the house they were supposed to bust AND the house they accidentally busted had drug activity going on within the home, this sounds like a troubled area.

    I've worked with Baltimore City ex-offenders from the worst areas of Baltimore and the abuse of police power is a category of crime all to itself in the city. My ill-written post was meant to focus on the couple and the fact that their own criminal (or at the least criminally lax) behavior was given such minimal attention in the article.

    I agree that the abuse of police power is one of the worst problems a society can endure. From this article, I can't conclude that this was an abuse of power. Who knows, maybe our President will deign to comment on this.