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(The Daily Caller)   Off duty cops collect DNA samples at roadblocks in Alabama. Motorists puzzled, since all DNA in Alabama is effectively the same   (dailycaller.com) divider line 30
    More: Strange, DNA, Alabama, DNA samples, Bibb County, St. Clair County, Freddie Turrentine, Pacific Institute, cotton swabs  
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2013-06-13 08:40:32 AM
Isee nothing wrong with this, excpet for the whole road block issue.  I really do not relish the idea of sitting in traffic for a study that I have no interest in participating in.
 
2013-06-13 08:53:56 AM
Repeat offenders.

Article has already hit the greenlight.
 
2013-06-13 08:54:49 AM
H/T Matt Murphy

Stopped reading right there.  Murphy is a Birmingham radio talk show host - a poor man's Rush Limbaugh.

/facts in this article may be smaller than they appear.
 
2013-06-13 08:56:14 AM
So Alabama is one big clone army?
 
2013-06-13 09:01:17 AM
Again
 
2013-06-13 09:03:49 AM
"roadblocks"
Either poor reporting or something fishy.
 
2013-06-13 09:08:40 AM
They are certainly NOT looking for DWI, DUI, or weed. Nope.
 
2013-06-13 09:13:12 AM
That's some fine study designin' there, Lou. Skewed results much?

I think the chances that someone who has alcohol or narcotics in their system voluntarily allowing the authorities to take samples of their bodily fluids is rather slim.

Bet they found the incidence of drug or alcohol use amongst drivers sampled was smaller than expected....
 
2013-06-13 09:14:11 AM

Darth Skywalker: They are certainly NOT looking for DWI, DUI, or weed. Nope.


And I'm sure they are very non intimidating toward the people who try to opt out.

If you can opt out.. what use is the study?  Are they trying to prove that hardly anyone uses drugs and then drives?  Cause those people would certainly opt out.
 
2013-06-13 09:14:49 AM
We looked at volunteered samples of 100,000 drivers and found that everyone is completely sober. What's all the fuss about impaired driving?
 
2013-06-13 09:27:28 AM
I'm looking forward to the random roadside cavity searches.

Sex life's been a little slow lately.
 
2013-06-13 09:27:52 AM

FeatheredSun: "roadblocks"
Either poor reporting or something fishy.


"They've got big signs up that says 'paid volunteer survey' and if they want to participate they pull over there and they ask them questions and if they are willing to give them a mouth swab they give them $10 and if they are willing to give them a blood sample they give them $50. And if they don't do anything they drive off," Turrentine explained

Roadblock doesn't work that way.  But it helps with the Daily Caller's Government is Taking Your DNA at Gunpoint meme.
 
2013-06-13 09:28:23 AM
For $60, I'd be happy to bleed and spit all over them.

/roadpete
 
2013-06-13 09:30:38 AM

pseudoscience: So Alabama is one big clone army?


More like a eugenics lab where the scientists mixed up the "greater than" and "less than" signs.
 
2013-06-13 09:36:22 AM

cubic_spleen: pseudoscience: So Alabama is one big clone army?

More like a eugenics lab where the scientists mixed up the "greater than" and "less than" signs.


Gary? Gaaaaaryyyy....
HAHA Gary!
GARY!
 
2013-06-13 09:37:47 AM
I call shenanigans.  Why would they need DNA to tell if you've been drinking or taking drugs?  I can see it if they plan to use it to justify their program of racial profiling.  Otherwise, what's the purpose?
 
2013-06-13 09:40:26 AM
How bad is the backlog at Alabama's crime labs? I'm pretty sure there just throwing the dna kits away at this point.
 
2013-06-13 09:43:32 AM

lilbjorn: I call shenanigans.  Why would they need DNA to tell if you've been drinking or taking drugs?  I can see it if they plan to use it to justify their program of racial profiling.  Otherwise, what's the purpose?


Also, that's not a terribly good study, as the impaired and drug-users are likely to refuse to participate. There's too strong a selection bias here.
 
2013-06-13 09:49:52 AM
Nice headline, subby!
 
2013-06-13 10:03:07 AM
Voluntary... like when a cop pulls you over and asks "Do you mind if I look around your car a bit?"   Sure, you can refuse, but guaranteed you'll be there for awhile and they'll make life very uncomfortable until they either get bored or find some other way to find probable cause.
 
2013-06-13 10:07:35 AM
Fathers should strive to be the men they expect their daughters to marry.

No, wait.
 
2013-06-13 10:08:17 AM
No dental records either.
 
2013-06-13 10:10:31 AM
Is it true that Alabama DNA doesn't spiral?
 
2013-06-13 10:28:23 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Is it true that Alabama DNA doesn't spiral?


You're thinking of family trees - they don't branch in Alabama.
 
2013-06-13 10:31:14 AM
Again?

Geez, didn't they learn their lesson a couple of days ago?


They hired local deputies to set up the road blocks but the program and contractors collecting the samples were federal, not state or local.
 
2013-06-13 10:35:07 AM

imtheonlylp: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Is it true that Alabama DNA doesn't spiral?

You're thinking of family trees - they don't branch in Alabama.


It's true. We're required, by law, to mate and reproduce with a close family member. It keeps our bloodline pure.
 
2013-06-13 10:40:49 AM

Krymson Tyde: imtheonlylp: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Is it true that Alabama DNA doesn't spiral?

You're thinking of family trees - they don't branch in Alabama.

It's true. We're required, by law, to mate and reproduce with a close family member. It keeps our bloodline pure.


know who else wanted a pure bloodline?

/i'm from AL too, just SE of montgomery
 
2013-06-13 10:43:50 AM
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Yeah, right. Alcohol abuse research outfit for liquor industry and law enforcement and for-profit treatment centers.

Anonymously collecting from only from drivers with their license plates showing. using an infrared camera. Like the detective in the interrogation room with the tape recorder. I'll just turn this thing off, so you can speak freely. McGee, DiNozzo and Abby are all behind the mirror, hoping their laughter doesn't carry through the sound proof walls.
 
2013-06-13 11:02:07 AM

Endive Wombat: Isee nothing wrong with this, excpet for the whole road block issue.  I really do not relish the idea of sitting in traffic for a study that I have no interest in participating in.


This.

The article on the side about the prayer in school however, pisses me off.
 
2013-06-13 11:04:42 AM

Endive Wombat: Isee nothing wrong with this, excpet for the whole road block issue.  I really do not relish the idea of sitting in traffic for a study that I have no interest in participating in.


I think you could cruise through if you didn't feel like stopping. This is how government is supposed to operate - transparent, privacy concerns addressed in advance, and not a hassle to those who don't want to be involved. Maybe someone in Alabama can send a memo to the feds.
 
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