“…small government is merely big government in embryo form.”
Eric Peters (Eric Peters Autos)
It even amazes a pessimistice cynic like me sometimes when I read what goes on in PA. We have amazing shitties like Shittsburgh and Detroitadelphia, consistently rank amongst the worst for roads, take money from New Jersey so they can dump their shit in our state, have had great leadership like Ed Rendell, Corbett and Linda Thompson running our cities and state. I heard 2 bits of news in the last 12 hours that proclaim how messed up our priorities are.
Here is House Bill 1259 that moves to ban anyone 16 years old or younger from using an indoor tanning salon.
HARRISBURG — Legislation that prohibits children from using indoor tanning salons is awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Corbett.
House Bill 1259 cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday when it was approved by the state Senate.
The measure bans anyone 16 years old or younger from using an indoor tanning salon.
An amendment to the bill will allow 17-year-olds to use a tanning salon with parental consent.
Supporters of the measure say it will protect children from the potential dangers related to exposure.
So 16 year olds aren’t capable of determining whether or not they should or shouldn’t get tan at a salon. I thought they couldn’t afford it anymore because Obamacare was going to tax tanning salons. I have a question, will this bill only safeguard the chilrun from commercial tanning salons or will it outlaw their use for minors even in private homes. To ensure their safety we need to create a special task force that will monitor energy levels of homes and do no-knock raids on those suspected of allowing their the community’s chilrun to partake in black market tanning.
And then the PA Supreme Cocksuckers say the Keystone Copfuks don’t need a warrant to search your vehicle, they only need probable cause and reasonable suspicion. Because we are all viewed as threats, enemy combatants and suspects that means our vehicles cane be searched anytime, anyplace for any conceivable reason. I am sure this is an adequate safeguard; the same type of people making sure this isn’t abused are the same types that choked this kid unconcious because they said he was resisting arrest (Story of PA Supreme’s ruling below).
Divided Pa. Supreme Court OKs warrantless searches of cars
By Matt Miller | email@example.comThe Patriot-NewsApril 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM, updated April 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM
A sharply-split state Supreme Court ensured that by ruling Tuesday that Pennsylvania will henceforth follow federal law that requires only that police officers have probable cause before searching vehicles.Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice Seamus P. McCaffery. Read McCaffery’s profile.
Previously, officers in the Keystone State generally were required to obtain warrants before searching a vehicle unless the car’s owner gave consent for a search.
The decision to adopt the federal approach came on a 4-2 decision, with Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, and Justices J. Michael Eakin, Seamus P. McCaffery and Thomas G. Saylor in the majority.
Justices Debra McCloskeyTodd and Max Baer opposed the move. In a sharply-worded dissenting opinion, Todd contended that the majority’s decision “heedlessly contravenes over 225 years of unyielding protection against unreasonable search and seizure which our people have enjoyed as their birthright.”
In the majority opinion, McCaffery said adopting the federal stance will ensure that police in Pennsylvania follow a “uniform standard for a warrantless search of a motor vehicle, applicable in federal and state court, to avoid unnecessary confusion, conflict and inconsistency in this often-litigated area.”
Requiring that police have probable cause for warrantless vehicle searches “is a strong and sufficient safeguard against illegal searches of motor vehicles,” he wrote in the 62-page majority decision.
The Supreme Court’s ruling stems from a legal battle over a January 2010 traffic stop in Philadelphia.
Two police officers pulled over a sport-utility vehicle driven by Shiem Gary because they believed its window tinting was too dark. The officers then claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the SUV and that Gary told them there was “weed” in the vehicle.
Police said a drug-sniffing dog hit on the SUV and a subsequent warrantless search discovered about 2 pounds of marijuana hidden under the hood.Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice Debra McCloskey Todd. Read McCloskey Todd’s profile.
Gary challenged whether the police had legally obtained the drug evidence. The case came to the Supreme Court on appeal after the state Superior Court backed Gary.
In the Supreme Court’s majority decision, McCaffery noted the federal law allowing warrantless searches of vehicles with probable cause evolved from federal rulings that date to the Prohibition Era of the 1920s, when federal agents were chasing bootleggers.
McCaffery wrote that, while police must secure warrants before searching homes or offices, “there is a diminished expectation of privacy in motor vehicles” that is recognized not only by the feds, but by other states as well.
Todd countered in her dissenting opinion that the majority’s decision “severely diminishes” the “important personal privacy rights which owners and occupants of automobiles possess therein.”
“Advances in technology have caused cars to become data repositories revealing the most discrete information about how and where individuals drive, whom they call from their car and any number of other revealing insights into what they do in their daily lives,” she wrote. “For most people, the automobile…has become a rolling repository of their private possessions.”
When warrants are required before vehicle searches, at least a neutral judge, and not the police, makes the call regarding whether searches are legally permissible, she wrote.
In any case, Todd noted, advances in communications now enable police to obtain search warrants almost immediately, so time constraints that once might have hindered investigations no longer exist.
Check your privelege and know your enemy.
A great piece from Kareem; he pulls no punches.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics
Moral outrage is exhausting. And dangerous. The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome from the newest popular sport of Extreme Finger Wagging. Not to mention the neck strain from Olympic tryouts for Morally Superior Head Shaking. All over the latest in a long line of rich white celebrities to come out of the racist closet. (Was it only a couple days ago that Cliven Bundy said blacks would be better off picking cotton as slaves? And only last June Paula Deen admitted using the “N” word?)
- 2006: U.S. Dept. of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination. Allegedly, he said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”
- 2009: He reportedly paid $2.73 million in a Justice Dept. suit alleging he discriminated against blacks, Hispanics, and families with children in his rentals. (He also had to pay an additional nearly $5 million in attorneys fees and costs due to his counsel’s “sometimes outrageous conduct.”)
- 2009: Clippers executive (and one of the greatest NBA players in history) sued for employment discrimination based on age and race.
And now the poor guy’s girlfriend (undoubtedly ex-girlfriend now) is on tape cajoling him into revealing his racism. Man, what a winding road she led him down to get all of that out. She was like a sexy nanny playing “pin the fried chicken on the Sambo.” She blindfolded him and spun him around until he was just blathering all sorts of incoherent racist sound bites that had the news media peeing themselves with glee.
They caught big game on a slow news day, so they put his head on a pike, dubbed him Lord of the Flies, and danced around him whooping.
I don’t blame them. I’m doing some whooping right now. Racists deserve to be paraded around the modern town square of the television screen so that the rest of us who believe in the American ideals of equality can be reminded that racism is still a disease that we haven’t yet licked.
What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise. Now there’s all this dramatic and very public rending of clothing about whether they should keep their expensive Clippers season tickets. Really? All this other stuff I listed above has been going on for years and this ridiculous conversation with his girlfriend is what puts you over the edge? That’s the smoking gun?
He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing. It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then?
Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime. We didn’t steal the cake but we’re all gorging ourselves on it.
Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy. He’s just another jerk with more money than brains.
So, if we’re all going to be outraged, let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars.
The big question is “What should be done next?” I hope Sterling loses his franchise. I hope whoever made this illegal tape is sent to prison. I hope the Clippers continue to be unconditionally supported by their fans. I hope the Clippers realize that the ramblings of an 80-year-old man jealous of his young girlfriend don’t define who they are as individual players or as a team. They aren’t playing for Sterling—they’re playing for themselves, for the fans, for showing the world that neither basketball, nor our American ideals, are defined by a few pathetic men or women.
Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs.
This is a classic example of changing the subject; Cliven Bundy said the following:
From the Times’ Adam Nagourney:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
There was a lot of truth (harsh but accurate) in that quote but suggesting anyone is better off as a slave picking cotton is a seriously dumb fuck statement. All people should be free, the problem is they went from “bondage” to “entitlement” instead of settling in the area called “freedom.” They (all of us in fact) are slaves to the government now.
Most of what Bundy said was accurate and him saying it changes nothing regarding the assault on his land by the BLM and the stance they took. Regardless this will be picked up by every liberal owned media channel and the blogosphere will run with this and categorize every anti-BLM/big government person who sympathizes with Bundy as a rampant racist. Not sure how Bundy holding racist beliefs justifies what the government did or why the feddies own 84% of Nevada. It is also funny how the MSNBC’s and CNN’s of the world would not dare publish stories about Harry Reid’s involvement.
My wife told me about this yesterday and I was laughing out loud before she could tell me that is was immediately failed to have the desired response.
How ridiculous are they: they abuse, stomp mudholes, violate the 2nd and 4th amendment on a regular basis, act like sociopaths while rarely being held accountable and now they requested the general public to post friendly “selfies?” What a bunch of stoopid shitheads these copfuks are…
Well, the #MyNYPD hashtag sure backfired quickly
By Abby Phillip
For another case study in the perils of using Twitter for branding, look no further than the #myNYPD hashtag that is now trending for all the wrong reasons in the New York City area.
What started out as an attempt to solicit pent-up good feelings among the New York Police Department’s constituents is turning out to be a troll-fest of epic proportions.
One by one, hundreds of tweets with photos of what the tweeters suggest is police brutality or misbehavior are being sent out with the hashtag #MyNYPD. No good can come from this, but as US Airways and others have learned recently, its hard to take back a tweet.