Sorry for the unannounced absence, but I had to decompress a bit from the daily lies and crap in the news.
TARP handing out $3 trillion to non-US entities. Federal budget "slashing" chest-thumping. Libya lies. Kinetic Military Operations? Really?
And have you seen what's going on in Afghanistan with the Florida Koran burning? The stone-age idiots are calling for the preacher in Florida to be prosecuted. Our "leaders" are giving credence to these calls. They say that these actions are putting our soldiers in danger.
What the hell? Do they really think that the acts of some publicity-seeking preacher are pissing off Afghans more than, oh say, the 100,000-plus troops we have occupying their country?
Or are they just sucking up to Muslims while discussing throwing an American's right to free speech under the bus?
I've got a question for you: Have you been seeing an increase in the number of cops out giving speeding tickets? My drive from home to the PM shop is about 60 miles or so each way. Each day, I see a minimum of 5 or 6 CHPs skulking around blind corners with their radar guns. It used to be a rarity, now it's rare NOT seeing one.
I'm to the point where I'm wishing that the safety shield on the back of the radar gun has a leak, or the emitter was put in backwards by some trusted union worker.
One of my brothers just got bagged, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I get hit. I will not be a polite and respectful "subject". I think I'll be more along these lines....
What burns my butt is how this has turned into a grotesque tax collection system. The ticket costs, say, $30, but after court fees, court security fees, court reporter fees, scratch-my-ass-right-there fees, blah, blah, blah - all costs you pay even if you don't go to court, BTW - you're looking at several hundred dollars per ticket.
Yet no one does anything.
[I consider myself a small-L libertarian. I'm a jack-boot fiscal conservative and a tree-hugging hippy social liberal]
Traditionally, "conservatives" have been on the side of the police. I think a part of that has been because conservatives have generally not been "inconvenienced" by the police. They follow the law.
But a radar gun can't tell if you're a conservative or a liberal. It just knows the light started flashing, and another revenue hog is ready for the slaughter. If you're going 1 MPH over the limit, you've broken the law, and the state has the "right" to dig deeply into your pockets.
Traffic laws are much less about public safety than they are about revenue generation.
I think this conservative/LEO "friendship" is slowly but surely beginning to rot away. It will be interesting to see if this deteriorating relationship will come to a head at the same time the police are handling the upcoming social unrest from the Dependent Class when their hand-outs stop being handed out.
How might they react when both the left and the right are simultaneously tossing rocks and bottles?
I have long recognized that there is nothing I, as an individual, can do to really effect what the pinheads are doing in Washington and Sacramento. In my town and county - yes - but not statewide or nationally. I usually point at and mock the actors, and then make plans to minimize the impact on my life.
And that's what I've been doing. I've got a bunch of posts queued up for this week on plumb gold, silver testing, sprouts and evaporated milk, and the walkie talkie test results.
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