Police Overkill has Silver Lining

I was going to put this about the police raid on The Sunday Times in with the weekend stuff, but it was too good.

In the media yesterday, Media and Arts Alliance WA branch secretary (and The Worst of Perth stalwart) David Cohen called the raid a “fucking outrage!” but eagle eyed (and ALSO The Worst of Perth stalwart), Frank “Blessed Virgin” Calabrese, spotted a fantastic upside to the ridiculous raid by armed police on the Sunday Times in news.com.au pics. Pinned on the Times’ noticeboard is the famous front page “FOUND!” from bitter rivals The West Australian, from the day the paper embarrassingly claimed that the wreck of a small fishing boat was The Sydney last year. Amusingly Times journos have stuck a post-it to the page saying “LOST”. Nice to see the Times’ journos still have time to take the piss out of The West.

Leading the West’s breathless “Sydney” discovery team last year was favourite TWOP target ex editor Paul Murray, (Latin name knowallus blowhardus), and this blog made numerous efforts to find a copy of the story on and offline, but strangely it had disappeared.

So thanks to Frank, The Sunday Times, The Premier and The WA Police Fraud Squad for finally tracking down this exceptionally elusive item. Also, is that an empty wine bottle next to one of the desks? Now THAT’s old fashioned journalism.

Picture from News.com.au

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34 Responses to Police Overkill has Silver Lining

  1. Frank Calabrese says:

    [but eagle eyed (and ALSO The Worst of Perth stalwart), Frank “Blessed Virgin” Calabrese, spotted a fantastic upside to the ridiculous raid by armed police on the Sunday Times in news.com.au pics.]

    Thank You, Thank You :-)

    Now the reason why the good officers were armed is because it is standard procedure when conducting any operation involving searches of property and persons, in case someone gets a tad upset and decides to take their frustration on the poor copper :-)

    And according to tonight’s ABC News, the “leak” was referred to the CCC, who in their wisdom decided not to investigate it, but refer it to the Fraud Squad, as I believe the leaking of Cabinet Documents, which are covered by a 30 yr Embargo, is a VERY big no no.

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  2. Frank Calabrese says:

    I forgot to add, a “Not The Worst” Certificate should be sent to the above mentioned parties in gratitude for their efforts in locating this Holy Grail :-)

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  3. David “fucking outrage” Cohen was very big on the news again tonight, although I would have advised a plain tie with that shirt and jacket, or at the very most a subtle abstract pattern.

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  4. Frank Calabrese says:

    [David “fucking outrage” Cohen was very big on the news again tonight, although I would have advised a plain tie with that shirt and jacket, or at the very most a subtle abstract pattern.]

    Journalists aren’t known for their satorial elegance, but at least he scrubbed up better than last night, where he looked like a member of the Socialist Alliance :-)

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  5. David Cohen says:

    Yes, I dressed myself today. Always a risky business. You’re lucky I kept the 2000 World Peace Tie (national flags as smileys) on the rack.

    So it has come to pass. What was Found, was lost, and has been found, after it was really Found (but not Found again).

    Amen.

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  6. David Cohen says:

    But I am a member…

    My father-in-law told me I “looked scruffy” after last night’s appearance.

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  7. So he meant Communist?

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  8. I’d love to know who has the wine bottle desk so I could thank them.

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  9. Frank Calabrese says:

    [I’d love to know who has the wine bottle desk so I could thank them.]

    I reckon it’s Paul Lampathakis’s desk, as he is the Person of Interest in this little exercise.

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  10. Bento says:

    I prefer to wear gloves when I read the Slimes, too.

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  11. Frank Calabrese says:

    I predict this weeks Sunday Crimes to do a whole heap of stories on police response times and paint the cops in a bad light.

    Expect sob stories on little old ladies being upset at police not attending BEFORE they got burgled :-)

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  12. Some of the ST journos looked like they were about to cry on the news.
    If the police raid “The Eagle’s Lair” TWOP headquarters, expect me to be either wearing a dark red silk Guangzhou University City tie on a grey green Ted Baker suit, or a Rust Red Paul Smith suit with the same tie, or perhaps a complementary dark grey silk American wide tie. If it was really serious, don’t be surprised if I diffuse the tension with a narrow polyester red and grey club tie picked up with a touch of insouciance at the local good Sammy’s. However if they raid before 6 am, I will be in a robe that unfortunately falls open as the cameras roll.

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  13. David Cohen says:

    As you front the cameras and say, “Up until now it was a quiet week in Allen Park…”, who will be out the front of The Eagle’s Lair screaming “This is a fucking OUTRAGE!” – Greg Hoey??

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  14. Frank Calabrese says:

    I still note The West’s reluctance in reporting the raid, sans small article in the dead tree version, and a Generic AAP article on the website.

    I’m wondering if there is a hum of shredders and transferring of computer files to an offshore webserver in russia in readiness for a similar visit ?

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  15. David #6. Perhaps a quick skim of American Psycho would be beneficial as to tie wearing with suit and jacket. (skim over the murdering and torturing). Particularly note the passages dealing with jackets creased in “a hip way”. The tie has to at the same time frame the face and also to point “downstairs”. You don’t want the area just below your adam’s apple to be the point of focus. I think with that jacket you could have also gone for the slightly loosened narrow tie, even, (if you really have to) the rightly maligned leather offering.
    The shirt was coloured was it not? if there is going to be any situation where that tie is going to work, it’s not going to be over a coloured shirt is it? A white shirt with a dark grey suit, or perhaps a white linen MIGHT do it. But why are we trying to match that crap tie to everything else. Unless James Brown gave it to you on his deathbed, start with the jacket creased in a hip way and match the tie to it. Plenty of dead people will have left their ties at second hand shops. as Yoda says,
    “Do or do not, there is no try.”

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  16. David #13. Ahh, yes. You are right. I may need an advocate to say. “The Daffy Duck tie found during this raid was surely planted by Jim McGinty.The suggestion that The Lazy Aussie would be wearing this OR a Warner Bros Tasmanian Devil on a tie is absolutely fucking unbelievable! Look at the creases motherfuckers! It creased obviously for a full Windsor! What fucking moron would try to tie this narrow piece of plastic crap into a full fucking Windsor. Just look at the width! A full Windsor!? Fuck off! Even a half windsor would make him look like a complete cunt. No let’s get the DNA on this fucker. I’m putting twenty on it coming back Carpenter, McGowan or McGinty. I’m also putting a lazy five on McTiernan.”

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  17. Anonymous Perthon says:

    Do you think there was a small scuffle amongst the police officers beforehand as to who got the lavender gloves?

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  18. SkyLantern says:

    Hmm, is everything ok LA? My appointment diary is full at the moment (a certain political party is going through some tough times), but if you need to talk… I might have an opening on Tuesday morning.

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  19. Frank Calabrese says:

    [Hmm, is everything ok LA? My appointment diary is full at the moment (a certain political party is going through some tough times), but if you need to talk… I might have an opening on Tuesday morning.]

    And organise the PETS Team, the police escort, and a bed at Graylands.

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  20. Rolly says:

    [Hmm, is everything ok LA? My appointment diary is full at the moment (a certain political party is going through some tough times), but if you need to talk… I might have an opening on Tuesday morning.]

    Jeezus Keyriste on a Crimson Crutch!
    The Hoey Horrors are contagious!

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  21. The ties… The ties…
    I’m blaming alcohol.

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  22. Frank Calabrese says:

    [Do you think there was a small scuffle amongst the police officers beforehand as to who got the lavender gloves?]

    The Lavender Gloves are your standard garden variety Ansell Examination Gloves, so maybe that officer got the lucky box :-)

    And still no coverage in THe West, with only a passing mention in Inside Cover during a story on Barbra Etter and Guns.

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  23. Rage says:

    Actually, the best part of the news.com.au clip that Frank linked to (aside from the stills above, naturally) was when they cut the voiceover saying ‘a noninvasive…’ with footage of the cops popping on the examination gloves.

    I love the media.

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  24. Frank Calabrese says:

    [Actually, the best part of the news.com.au clip that Frank linked to (aside from the stills above, naturally) was when they cut the voiceover saying ‘a noninvasive…’ with footage of the cops popping on the examination gloves.]

    Yep, and they wonder why the Media get attacked. Don’t they realise the reason why they wear gloves when searching is so they don’t contaminate any evidence with their own fingerprints ?

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  25. Rolly says:

    Non-invasive is *not* what my proctologist is when he puts on the lavender gloves 8o

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  26. Midlandia says:

    On a West-related note, Liberal First Mate Bishop has come out in support of the Stokes bid to fix the West. Calling the online content “pedestrian at best,” and complaining that a boom state monopoly paper should be better, Bishop felt that the fact that shareholders weren’t considering the needs of the consumers was, well, a feckin’ outrage.

    http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23626823-2761,00.html

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  27. Frank Calabrese says:

    [On a West-related note, Liberal First Mate Bishop has come out in support of the Stokes bid to fix the West. ]

    I have to laugh at people in the comments section who call Stokes a “Labor Stooge”, when in fact he’s a member of the Liberal Party’s 500 Club :-)

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  28. skink says:

    I see the West finally acknowledged the raid in Sat’s paper, with two pieces.

    however they managed not to mention the Sunday Times, just a “media outcry” (not including them) about a raid on “another newspaper”

    they were not particularly indignant about the raid per se, more that other media decried the raid but did not complain about previous government attacks on the West.

    they neglect several key differences between the raid on the ST, and McGinty’s sledging of the West:

    1. The ST had a genuine scoop about a story of real interest, whilst the West had fabricated non-stories

    2. The police were involved at the ST, with the possibility of charges being laid against journos, but with regard to teh West all McGinty did was say: “you’re crap and I don’t want to talk to you”

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  29. poor lisa says:

    Nicely put skink

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  30. skink says:

    we have reached the stage where even those people who want to leak documents to damage the govt can’t trust the West to do it properly

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  31. occidentprone says:

    It was interesting Carps commented on the raid from Siberia. Is he investigating gulags as a possible destination for wayward journos?

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  32. Frank Calabrese says:

    And as predicted the Sunday Crimes had the box about the amount of officers involved, compared what other crimes would’ve been investigated.

    One small problem with that – the Fraud Squad is a SPECIALIST Squad, ands they don’t investigate bashings etc, plus the CCC referred the matter to the Fraud Squad as they had the necessary skills to investigate paper trails.

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  33. Frank Calabrese says:

    Speaking of Police Overkill, here is the news footage of the Airport Bomb Scare.

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=S7kjJQAqpZc

    Was listening to Airport Comms on the scanner, talk about chaos.

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