Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's Official, The Sheep Support Obama

Read between the lines of this poll and see if you are seeing what I am seeing.

Poll: Strongest Opinions About U.S. Policies, Most Unhappy With Obama

Monday, August 30, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

This is a sensitive subject and I feel badly for the parents of this child.

Motorcycle Rider, 13, Dies After Indianapolis Crash

I don't want to question or condemn the parents of this child, they are living a Hell I hope to never live. Further I ask anyone commenting to be respectful of this.

The question I wonder though is, what is too young for a child to participate in a dangerous activity?

Most of us grew up in a different time and we did things as a kid I would not let my children do now. I remember running one of my dad's snowmobiles at 85 mph on a country road up north, the same snowmobile and same road my dad later crashed nearly killing him. I can remember being in the middle of a wide and deep river in the winter and having the ice crack. I was on the same river in the summer crossing a train bridge above a dam when a train started coming.

We all did stupid stuff but it seems we know so much more about safety and trauma now.

So this is the question: where is the line between over-protecting our kids and using the knowledge we have now wisely and working to keep our kids safe?

Kids always played football but through advances in training kids are bigger and hit harder now, is this more dangerous?

Girls have always been cheerleaders but it is now a sport and they are pushing the limits to do more and more dangerous things, cheerleading is now the most dangerous high school sport.

Kids are doing sports we didn't even have, rock climbing, extreme bicycling, extreme skateboarding, jet skis, snowboarding, etc.

Is there a line and if there is, where is it?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"I would have voted for it,"..."But I think it can be done better, I really do."

Charlie Crist

He then followed it up with this clarification.

"If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much,"..."Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program."


I look at this statement and I see the word "but". This tells me he did mean it. Maybe I'm reading too much into it?

I think what is fascinating about this though is that there could be anyone left in Florida that still believes what this man says.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Obama Popular Among The Raving Lunatics

According to this article, Jerry Springer thinks Obama is an excellent President.

Need I say more?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Department of Homeland Security Running Back Door Amnesty?

Read this article. It states that the DHS is systematically reviewing immigration cases and releasing anyone who is not a criminal.

This is a little confusing to me because I thought being in the country illegally made one a criminal?

What is going on here? I assume you all remember the memo leaked from the administration that said they could do a defacto amnesty without a law to support it? You certainly also remember all 0f the denials that the memo was anything more than an exercise in intellectual discussion?

Is our federal government quietly running an amnesty program?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Troops Intrude On The Obama's Vacation

Vacationing President to Press: "We're Buying Shrimp, Guys. Come On."

As the president walked around the restaurant, some cordoned-off reporters shouted out to him questions, including one about the war in Iraq. Next Tuesday night, the president will deliver an Oval Office address at 8 pm ET, in which he will mark the occasion of the withdrawal of US combat troops from the country.

But the president was in no mood today to discuss the issue with reporters in that setting. He ignored questions for a bit, then turned to the reporters.

"We're buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on."


One, not me mind you, but one other person could say that they should be left alone while on vacation. Even the President needs a break right?

The obvious problem is, when is a reporter supposed to ask them a question? They're always on vacation.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Do You Be Gooder At Speking? We Haf A Job Fer You Dawg

Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts

AUGUST 23--The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”


I had some high school teachers from the north end of Flint that would have qualified for this job.

Monday, August 23, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Does Barrack Obama want to be re-elected in 2012?

When David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, wrote recently that his former boss was "not concerned with his re-election", there was predictable skepticism.

After all, it has long been a truism that every politician wants to cling to power and a reality that presidential campaigns are planned years in advance. Pronouncements about not looking at polls and concentrating on getting things done are, moreover, standard fare from poll-driven, election-obsessed politicians and their apparatchiks.

In this case, however, Plouffe may inadvertently be onto something. Almost everything Obama does these days suggests that he doesn't care much about being re-elected. Strange as it might seem, perhaps he wants to be a one-term president.


Read the article, it's an interesting analysis.

What do you think about this? Is Obama one and done? Is he too big for the Presidency? Will he go off to be a statesman to the world? Does the world want him?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quote Of The Week

I’m trying to decide if her statement was out of malice or pure lunacy. Being the generous spirit that I am, I am going with lunacy

Charles Krauthammer

This is the full quote by Mr Krauthammer

“Well, I spent the afternoon wrapping my mind around Pelosi’s remark about looking into the finances of those who oppose the mosque saying “I want to join with others.” I’d like to know who the others are? Are any of them not institutionalized? And, then I’m trying to decide if her statement was out of malice or pure lunacy. Being the generous spirit that I am, I am going with lunacy… But the idea that those who (oppose) the mosque are some kind of conspiracy or the funding ought to be looked at is absurd. Look, I oppose the mosque and nobody’s offered me a penny. What am I chopped liver?“


This was from a clip originally aired on Special Report with Brett Baier on Fox News. I was watching this episode and as usual this quote by Krauthammer cracked me up.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Behold, The Religion Of Peace

Report: Saudi judge asks hospital if it can damage convict's spine after he paralyzed man

A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralyzing him, local newspapers reported on Thursday.


As an RN I am going to be horrified if they find a hospital willing to do this.

What is even more me distressing to me is that this country is an ally of the US.


Friday, August 20, 2010

What Offends You?

Note: I am working 3rd shift in the ER this weekend and so will be in and out sporadically. So that you do not go without my wisdom that I know you all rely on on a daily basis, I pose this question for you to ponder.

What offends you?

I wrote a blog Thursday about a lawsuit filed by atheists in Utah who were offended by crosses on the roadway honoring fallen State Highway troopers.

Brooke from PaleoCon Command Center posted this comment:

I guess those men and women that gave their lives can go eff themselves so that a couple of whiny atheists can be happy.

This got me thinking that this is an incredible irony that these men and women lost their lives protecting us but we cannot honor them with a simple cross because it offends atheists.

Thinking about this, I got incredibly pissed.

Once I was sedated and settled back down I became more relaxed and rational and started talking to my wife about some of the things that offend me and should therefore be banned.

So, I would like to go on record saying we need to ban:

-men "sagging"

-leftists who protest to save the polar bears and then go to a rally supporting abortion

-Obama stickers on car bumpers

-bright purple houses

Drop a note. What offends you? Come on, let the banning begin.

Pity The Poor Atheists

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Utah Memorial Crosses Along Highway

SALT LAKE CITY -- The 14 crosses erected along Utah roads to commemorate fallen state Highway Patrol troopers convey a state preference for Christianity and are a violation of the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

The ruling reverses a 2007 decision by a federal district judge that said the crosses communicate a secular message about deaths and were not a public endorsement of religion. It's the latest in a recent rash of mixed-bag rulings on the public use of crosses.

In 2006, the Utah Legislature passed a joint resolution declaring the cross a nonreligious secular symbol of death.

But American Atheists, Inc., the Texas-based group that sued to have the crosses removed from state property, argued that the crosses could imply that the trooper who died there was a Christian.


I have only one question: How sad does your life have to be that a cross along the roadway disturbs you?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New GOP Ad

This is kind of funny and maybe a little encouraging that the GOP is actually making an attempt to win this fall.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Need Another Reason To Vote Out The Dems?

"There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded," she said. "How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we've been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City."

Nancy Pelosi (D-PRC*), soon to be ex-Speaker of the House

Source

Audio from KCBS here.

We will dispense with the bit about the current Democratic leadership in the House and Senate and the White House being antagonistic to any sort of oppositional freedom of speech, that horse is long past dead.

What is interesting is the fear.

Obama stuck all of their feet in the fire when he came out and supported the WTC area mosque. Now, to make matters worse for Pelosi and company, Harry Reid went and bucked Obama and said the mosque should be moved. What is a poor girl to do?

The fact that she, after only 2 questions, went to the old Democratic party failsafe of investigating anyone who opposes them tells me that this is a winning issue for the right.

Hammer away at it. Make every Democrat running for office take a stand on it.

They will either answer in support of the mosque and put them on the wrong side of the issue as far as the public is concerned, come out against the mosque and create a public division in the Democratic Party, or refuse to answer and look weak and indecisive on the campaign trail.

It's a win-win-win for the GOP.

Now, the only questions is, will the GOP go for the win or once again play not to lose?

*People's Republic of California

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Is There A Contradiction Here?

Will the Prop 8 Case End on a Technicality?

The flurry of filings from California in the past couple of days suggests the issue that may determine the immediate and perhaps ultimate fate of that state's invalidated law banning gay marriage will have nothing to do with who can stand at the altar but rather who can stand in a courtroom and defend the measure.

Next week, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is expected to rule on whether a temporary stay of Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning California's ban on gay marriage should be extended. The court's decision will either temporarily re-open the marriage process for California's gays or leave the prohibition in place until the Ninth Circuit can more fully hear arguments on the merits of the case, which would not take place until next year.

A major factor that could ultimately upend the litigation is whether the supporters of the law, known as Prop 8, have the legal right or standing to appeal Judge Walker's decision.
In short, it's possible the judges of the Ninth Circuit may affirm Walker's ruling without ever reviewing the trial court record.


Source

Now think about the lawsuits against Arizona over the illegal immigration law. In that case we have everyone and their country suing Arizona.

There are multiple civil rights groups, government agencies, even other governments.

So which is it? Do you have to show direct harm or not?

Monday, August 16, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Is Portugal's Liberal Drug Policy a Model for US?

LISBON, Portugal (Aug. 14) -- Ten years ago, Portugal had some 100,000 heroin addicts -- about 1 percent of its entire population. HIV infections from injecting drugs were among the highest in Europe.

Now the addict count has been cut nearly in half. HIV infections from drug use have fallen more than 90 percent. And the policy shift responsible for such a dramatic improvement in Portuguese life is something U.S. lawmakers -- watching an escalating drug war on their southern border -- might consider worthy of some attention: decriminalization.

Ten years ago this summer, Portugal became the first country in Europe to decriminalize all illegal drugs -- marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and even heroin. Hefty fines and prison sentences still await drug traffickers and dealers, but users caught with less than a 10-day supply of any drug are no longer considered criminals. Instead, they're referred to a panel comprised of a drug-treatment specialist, a lawyer and a civil servant, who usually recommend treatment -- and pay for it, too. If the users decline treatment and go back to abusing drugs, that's their prerogative.


What are your thoughts?

Legalize all drugs?

Will this make our borders safer?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Quote Of The Week

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.

Barrack Obama, Friday August 13th

Source

I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country is about. And I think it's very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about."

Barrack Obama, Saturday August 14th


In the first quote he did everything but give the address of the impending mosque. In the second quote he says he wasn't talking about that mosque.

This is one of the things we don't talk about much with Obama.

To be fair there are plenty of issues to deal with with this man. There is the condescending attitude about America's greatness, the "outreach" to Muslims, the arrogance, the condescension to the troops, the aristocratic attitude of him and the first lady, etc.

What is not talked about as much though is that the man is a compulsive liar.

He did comment on this specific mosque, he knows he commented on this specific mosque, to say otherwise is lying.

I know, all politicians lie. It's an occupational hazard.

This man knows no limits though.

I think some of it is because of his arrogance and aristocratic attitude. He thinks we won't notice and if we do, who cares?

Some of it though is simply because he is a liar.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chrometophobia

Fox put up a pretty cool slideshow of some weird phobias here.

I certainly have never had a problem with the one above, the fear of money. I'm a conservative, we're allowed to like money.

I do have Ephebiphobia though

A fear of teenagers.



One could certainly say that many on the left have Sophophobia

A fear of learning.



Take a look, do you have any of the weird phobias?

Friday, August 13, 2010

The AP Reports On The Palin Deathwishers

This is how the AP (by way of MSNBC.com) saw the issue of politicians wishing Sarah Palin, a mother, had died in the plane crash that killed former Senator Stevens.

A New Hampshire Democrat has quit the state legislature after cracking a joke on Facebook about Sarah Palin's death.


So, he "cracked a joke"?

Is there anyone out there that still wonders why the fringe media's viewer-ship and readership is going down the toilet?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Just Another Far Left Nut



NHGOP Denounces NH Dem Candidate's Palin Death Wish Dem NH House Candidate Wishes Gov. Palin Was On Sen. Stevens’ Fatal Plane Crash

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today denounced Democrat NH House candidate Keith Halloran’s public death wish for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The Party also called on Governor John Lynch and Congressional Candidate Ann McLane Kuster to personally denounce his hateful remarks and call for him to apologize to the Palin family.

In a Facebook post yesterday regarding the tragic plane crash that killed former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, Halloran wrote, “Just wish Sarah and Levy [sic] were on board." Levi Johnston is the father of Governor Palin’s grandson (RedHampshire, 8/11).

“Mr. Halloran’s outrageous comments are a new low, even by the standards of the New Hampshire Democrat Party," said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. "His publicly stated death wish for Governor Palin and her family is abhorrent, and has no place in our public discourse. Governor Lynch and Ann McLane Kuster need to immediately denounce Mr. Halloran’s hateful remarks and demand that he personally apologize to the Palin family.”

Mr. Halloran served on the Rindge, NH planning board. He is running as a Democrat for State Representative this year in Cheshire County House District 7. He describes himself as “an active local citizen and supporter of NH Governor John Lynch” (Jaffrey, Rindge, Dublin Democrats Committee website). Mr. Halloran is also a prominent supporter of Second Congressional District Candidate Ann McLane Kuster.


Where the hell do you even start on this?

I guess I should start with the obligatory "where's the media on this story" rant. The reality is though that I am kind of busy and since that horse is dead I won't beat it anymore. They will ignore the story because she is not only a conservative but is the vile, evil Sarah Palin. So it's not only okay to wish her dead but is assumed to be a universally held opinion.

I could feign outrage but again, look at the title of the post. This is not new for a leftist. Look no further than past comments made about Palin, the death of Tony Snow, the fantasized death of Dick Chaney. Hell, they made a movie about George Bush being assassinated. Let's see someone do that about Obama...

I do have one question though for any tweeters here. Doesn't Twitter have a policy against this? Would this have been treated differently if it were Obama?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Is This A Good Thing?

Connecticut was probably always a long shot but did this make it even further out of reach?

McMahon Knocks Out Opponents in GOP Senate Primary, Eyes Blumenthal

Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, was the last woman standing Tuesday in a battle royal – this time in the political arena.

McMahon won the GOP primary in Connecticut, crushing money manager Peter Schiff and former Rep. Rob Simmons, the one-time favorite who suspended his campaign months ago but recently ran an ad reminding voters his name remained on the ballot.


I think Connecticut was going to be a tough win but with Chris Dodd's troubles and Blumenthal's confusion over his military service the state was not unattainable. Can the GOP win with the founder of a wrestling organization?

Monday, August 9, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Students at Lincoln Memorial Told to Stop Singing National Anthem

A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

“They told them to stop singing,” said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation. “I was taken aback. You wouldn’t expect a display of national patriotism to be censored."

U.S. Park Police confirmed that the students were in violation of federal law and their impromptu performance constituted a demonstration in an area that must remain “completely content neutral.”

“The area they were standing in and singing is an area that is restricted for this type of activity,” said Sgt. David Schlosser. “The United States Park Police is absolutely content-neutral when it comes to any sort of demonstrations in these areas.”

Schlosser explained that performances, regardless of content, are banned to “maintain a contemplative and reverent area for the Lincoln Memorial, for the other guests and visitors.”
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Schlosser said the students would have been in compliance had they moved approximately 25 steps from where they were standing.

“It’s not the content of their activity – that being the national anthem – it’s the location,” he said. “A couple steps and it would have been no problem whatsoever.”

Instead of doing as they were instructed, Gassman said the students resumed the song – an impromptu form of civil disobedience.

Source

So, what do you think?

Civil disobedience or disrespectful?

I am all for signing the National Anthem and it is nice to see high school kids doing it but is there a time and place?

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Quote Of The Week

“Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help,”

Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu

Source

'Nuff said.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Here Comes Sharia

Advocates of Anti-Shariah Measures Alarmed by Judge's Ruling

A New Jersey family court judge's decision not to grant a restraining order to a woman who was sexually abused by her Moroccan husband and forced repeatedly to have sex with him is sounding the alarm for advocates of laws designed to ban Shariah in America.

Judge Joseph Charles, in denying the restraining order to the woman after her divorce, ruled that her ex-husband felt he had behaved according to his Muslim beliefs -- and that he did not have "criminal desire to or intent to sexually assault" his wife.

According to the court record, the man's wife -- a Moroccan woman who had recently immigrated to the U.S. at the time of the attacks -- alleged:

"Defendant forced plaintiff to have sex with him while she cried. Plaintiff testified that defendant always told her "this is according to our religion. You are my wife, I c[an] do anything to you. The woman, she should submit and do anything I ask her to do."

In considering the woman's plea for a restraining order after the couple divorced, Charles ruled in June 2009 that a preponderance of the evidence showed the defendant had harassed and assaulted her, but "The court believes that [defendant] was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices and it was something that was not prohibited."

Charles' ruling was overturned last month by New Jersey's Appellate Court, which ruled that the husband's religious beliefs were irrelevant and that the judge, in taking them into consideration, "was mistaken."


This is a judge that needs to be impeached, voted out, fired, horse whipped, placed in stocks, whatever is appropriate in his jurisdiction. Of course we all realize that after this he will be Obama's next SCOTUS nominee.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Democratic Party Thanks You For Your Contribution

GM donates $41,000 to lawmakers' pet projects

Read through the article and get mad, I did.

Here are a couple of excerpts that sum it up well though.

The carmaker gave $41,000 to groups associated with lawmakers, the vast majority of it -- $36,000 -- to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the company reported on a disclosure form last week. The CBC Foundation is a charity with 11 members of the Congressional Black Caucus on its board.

The U.S. government now has a 60 percent stake in the reformed company.

I know you feel good knowing you are supporting:

Jim Clyburn
John Conyers Jr
Alcee Hastings
Jesse Jackson Jr
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Sheila Jackson Lee
Charles B Rangel
Maxine Waters
and friends,

I know I do.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

PETA Gets Smack Down by Idol

I have always made it clear how I feel about American Idol. I can't say I dislike it because I have never watched it. I do think the whole concept and the mania surrounding it is insane but, each to his own.

This young lady however may be my favorite Idol contestant. Admittedly this was not hard because before now I did not have a favorite, or one I could even tolerate.

EXCLUSIVE: PETA Takes Aim at Kristy Lee Cook's Hunting Show, And She Fires Back

PETA's taking aim at 'American Idol' contestant Kristy Lee Cook’s new hunting reality show, but Cook's not afraid to fire back.

“Goin Country,” which began its eight episode run this weekend, follows the singer trying to land a record deal as she participates in hunts across the country. A spokesperson for the animal rights organization released the following statement to FOX411.com.

“Instead of angering thousands of would-be fans by killing helpless animals on camera in attempt to get her '15 Minutes of Shame,' Kristy Lee Cook's fame crusade would be better served by following in the footsteps of fellow Idol alum-turned-country-stars Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler—as well as Simon Cowell—all of whom have used their fame and talent to speak up for animals.”


I liked the fact that she is pissing them off but she really reeled me in with this statement.

"Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one," Cook told FOX411.com. "Indeed, I join the ranks of millions of American hunters who celebrate our outdoor heritage and who conserve millions of acres of wild lands. These same people support more than 600,000 jobs across the country and provide a critical voice to encourage more investment in American conservation."


A pretty lady who is smart, can sing, and gather food, what a woman.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Getting Rid Of The Jobs Illegals Do

There is an excellent read at PRAESIDIUM RESPUBLICAE that got me thinking. The post was entitled Crime Pays and is a discussion on some of the real causes for crime today. (Hint: it's not racism, lack of jobs, etc).

While commenting, I posed the notion that we could put the prisoners to work doing the jobs illegals do.

Obviously this will not work for all prisoners or all jobs. Why is it though that we can't put the vast majority of prisoners who are a lower risk for danger to work picking vegetables, mowing lawns, packing chickens?

If you look at the issue of illegal workers a little deeper it is more complex than we give credit to.

They are here because there is a market for them.

Farmers cannot pay someone $7 or $8/an hour to pick fruit. How does $8 for a watermelon sound? Or $10 for 5 pounds of potatoes? $7.50 for a loaf of bread?

Reality is illegal immigrants keep our costs down. This is not to say I support or tolerate illegal immigration but it is not a fact we can ignore. Farmers have to meet costs and make a profit. If they start paying minimum wage to all of their field hands our food prices go through the roof.

Why not have prisoners do this work?

Let the businesses or farmers pay a sub-wage, to the prison system.

-We help keep costs down and let the farmers stay profitable and in business.

-Our prison systems get some cash reimbursement for the upkeep of prisoners.

-The prisoners learn to support themselves. The left pushes rehabilitation of prisoners. What better skill can we teach them than working for a living?

-There may be a chance the prisoners could learn a skill and perhaps get a job after release.

-It will keep the prisoners busy. I think one of the causes of unrest in prisons is idle time. Make them too tired to cause trouble.

-Most importantly, no jobs for the illegals. While I am a fan of border security, I have always thought that illegal immigration is a free market issue. The illegals come to the US for one simple reason, they can get a job. If we cut off the job market, and a free ride from governmental programs (food stamps, etc), they have no choice but to go home.

This is not a perfect plan. There are obvious issues with it such as security, etc. But are they really an issue?

What is the worst we will be doing, putting criminals out on the streets to work? We will have drug dealers, drunk drivers, rapists, etc picking fruit. Sound familiar?

Monday, August 2, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Google Earth Used To Find Unlicensed Pools

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - A town on New York's Long Island is using Google Earth to find backyard pools that don't have the proper permits.

The town of Riverhead has used the satellite image service to find about 250 pools whose owners never filled out the required paperwork.

Violators were told to get the permits or face hefty fines. So far about $75,000 in fees has been collected.


I have always found issues like this intriguing.

On one hand you have privacy questions and where the line is for expecting privacy at home.

On the other hand you have the question of do we have a right to break the law.

What are your thoughts, big brother violating these resident's right to privacy or scofflaws getting caught at something they should not be doing?

This is a minor law. Is this type of surveillance more acceptable for something else? What about looking for marijuana plants? Chop shops processing stolen cars? Illegal immigrants crossing the border?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"I thought it was a joke. I'm the victim."

Anthony McKoy

Source

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Florida inmate is suing the man he's convicted of burglarizing, claiming the man and two others roughed him up during a citizen's arrest.

Michael Dupree is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary and cocaine possession stemming from a 2007 break-in of a van in St. Petersburg. Dupree allegedly stole a bicycle locked inside and was apprehended after the owner, Anthony McKoy, saw him with the bike down the street.

Dupree says McKoy and two others pointed a gun at him, handcuffed him and placed a knee painfully in his back. He's seeking $500,000 for disabilities and distress suffered during the takedown.

Dupree filed the civil lawsuit on his own, without the help of an attorney.

So this man broke into a car, stole a bike, got an ass whipping from the rightful owner of the bike, and is now suing the actual victim.

Any questions?