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  1. This isn't necessarily what this thread was about but this is the tinderbox soooo..... Traffic court/law is one of the most obvious examples of how the rich get richer and the system is set up to overly burden the poor. Lets say I get popped for speeding (50 in a 35) and blasting through a red light. Three days later my mailbox is full of letters from the ambulance chasing version of traffic court lawyers offering their services. I pick the one that has the nicest marketing slicks (note: I don't read them, I just judge them on the quality of the package). I call them and get some paralegal who doesn't give a rats ass about "my version" of the facts but rather wants to explain their billing structure. I listen and find out that for 500 bucks Ill get a moving violation (Unsafe Movement or some such) And have a minor increase in my insurance costs. However, if I want to pay $750 Ill enter a plea of guilty to Improper Equipment and get out with a non-moving violation that wont impact my insurance payment. I of course pick the $750 because Ive got a professional salary and while I don't have 750 bucks just laying around it wont kill me either. I probably don't get told about the $1500 option to just make it all go away But at the end of the day I keep GEICO from running my 6 month policy from the expensive but manageable $500 to the completely unaffordable 650 or 750 for 6 months. If on the other hand I cant afford the lawyer and instead just pay the 200 dollar ticket... GEICO hits me with that 45% increase in my rate and now not only do I have a couple of moving violations on my record, but I'm playing "whack-a-mole" with collections agencies trying to keep my world intact. People want to point to all of these high profile cases to illustrate how corrupt our legal system is but you genuinely don't have to look any further than Traffic Court. And before you tell me how stupid this is ask yourself this... If you could afford to stroke a 250 dollar check to make your 52 in a 35 speeding ticket go away, would you do it?
  2. Id go so far as to say that all traffic penalties are too lenient. The amount of reckless driving and blatant disregard for traffic rules that I see daily is maddening. Whether its speeding, trying to beat a red light, distracted driving, ignoring the right of way rules, turning into the wrong lane, crossing multiple lines of traffic to execute a turn, passing on the wrong side, and on and on people act like the rules either don't exist or don't apply to them. Give traffic court some teeth. If I get popped for driving 90 in a 65 this afternoon I can avoid any real repercussions simply by writing a $500 check to a lawyer. Run a red light? $300 and it simply goes away. Its ridiculous. Distracted drivers that kill or injure should face the same level of punishment that drunks face.
  3. Freddie Gray

    The rush to paint all cops with the brush of corruption and as frustrated power hungry bullies is fundamentally no different than painting all Jews, Muslims, blacks, jocks, geeks, etc with their stereotypical brushes. Its intellectually lazy and says more about the person making the wide sweeping accusations than it does about the very wide group of individuals who make up the spectrum of Law Enforcement Officials. Are there bad cops? Without a doubt. Are there cops who hold that thin blue line and would sell out their integrity to protect a fellow officer? You bet. Are they the the majority? Ive seen nothing in my 50 years to suggest that and as such I'm unwilling to entertain the idea that they are all a bad day from killing or imprisoning an innocent. Officer Nero was, after an investigation, found to possibly be guilty of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office. A court found those charges to be without enough merit to carry a conviction. To suggest that since he is a law enforcement officer he somehow shares culpability for crimes or misconduct that his fellow officers may or may not be ultimately guilty of is akin to saying you are equally responsible if someone you are at a bar with gets behind the wheel and kills someone. There are coming trial in this case that may well be worthy of outrage if no one is held to account, but it wasn't this one.
  4. Obama kills...

    WTF is he doing in Afghanistan? He is supposed to be in Vietnam.
  5. Freddie Gray

    Gotta go with g5 on this one. Cant get bent out of shape one way or the other until this individuals role is understood.
  6. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    Every time I laughed at Hodor has just become a sand spur stuck in my soul.
  7. John Miller

    Find where I said I was voting for Clinton. You cant because I didn't Mr ReadingComprehension. I said: In no way does that equate to "I'm voting for Clinton" For the record, and to be crystal clear... I will never cast a vote for either of these two individuals.
  8. -Game of Thrones-HBO-

    I have no idea if this is where the books go but Im really hoping we are going to see the the armies of the reconstituted Stark clan and Daenerys Targaryen battle it out for the Iron Throne.
  9. Tom Clancy's The Division video game

    So I was just doing some DZ Phoenix Credits farming with a couple of buddies. Lowest gear score 179. Highest is 187. Avg in the group SMG DPS is 115k and health is 58k-63k Just had one dude go through the 3 of us like we were lvl 6 mobs. First shot to the 3 of us dead was under 10 seconds. Got no proof he was hacking, but if he wasnt the game is seriously fuged.
  10. Give me your porch drinkin' songs

    As a not so apologetic Genesis fan I'd add this to any set of playlist of music to sit on the porch and shoot the poo to. This is as good as Post Gabriel Genesis got.
  11. Give me your porch drinkin' songs

    Great set of tunes! Anything that opens with Telegraph Road is going to be okay in my book but to close out with Joe... Very nicely done!
  12. Tom Clancy's The Division video game

    Until they fix the hacking Im pretty done. Just got instagibbed by a guy that came around the corner and down half a block to collect my loot. Twitch is full of assholes dropping 1mil sniper shots, blasting folks through buildings, dumping an SMG clip instantaneously, and teleporting across the map. It was bad enough but the two weeks of bans are over today and its fuging stupid.
  13. John Miller

    @twylyght You've accused me of being a Clinton shill while the only time I even referred to her was to call her a megalomaniac You've refused to answer the question that I asked or that 2+ pages that followed asked. Instead you've tried to turn a conversation about Trump into a conversation about everyone BUT Trump. Maybe you need to look in the mirror to find the shill...
  14. John Miller

    You keep asking about how "this" diplomacy has worked in the past but I think you are missing my point. I'm saying that Trump is not capable of being diplomatic. So in that regard "this" diplomacy has never worked because its never been tried. Likewise you keep trying to tell me something that concerns me greatly is a non-issue or a talking point which is akin to you telling me what flavor of ice cream I like. Sorry, but you don't get to do that. This is THE issue that keeps me from taking Trump seriously. Other people have other issues with him, some I'm sure you will equally dismiss as not relevant or non-issues but once again that's not for you to decide. I trust the system too much to believe that congress will let either of these megalomaniacs run us too far into a ditch (no more so than any of the previous presidencies that Ive lived through in my 50 years). However when it comes to our presence on the international stage that safety net is gone. The POTUS cannot be insulting and dismissive of heads of state and leaders of movements in the way that Trump has treated his peers and detractors in this campaign.
  15. John Miller

    Not exactly sure what you're on about with the "talking points" and "thinking for yourself" angle. Give me virtually any other choice from the GOP and I'm in just like I have been since I cast my very first presidential vote for Reagan. Simple fact is that I don't trust Trump to not say or do something monumentally stupid on the international stage. Couple that with the fact that there are heads of state in this world that would react quite negatively if Trump were to say the kinds of things about them that he has said about his fellow "Republicans" and that's a recipe for me to not want him in the Oval Office.