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Saturday, November 30, 2013

"If I don't write you a ticket, who would I write one to?"- The Sunday Collage

Today, I thought I'd use an old cop story as an illustrative tool. I hope you enjoy it.

Many years ago on a Monday morning, I donned a new uniform and went to work patrolling city streets. It was probably about 7:30 when I saw this old pickup truck roll through a stop sign. His windows were still frosted up, I remember him peering out a hole near the dash.

In the old days before complete paranoia set in among the police culture, I would often ask motorists to sit in my car rather than freeze my ass off while talking to them outside. Oddly enough, this practice often resulted in cops and motorists actually getting acquainted and having civil conversations. This then... is how I handled this traffic stop.

When I asked this guy for his driver's license, he handed me an old driver's license before the days when we laminated them. I hadn't seen one of these in years. As I squinted down and saw the expiration date, I bellowed out that this thing had been expired for 17 years! The motorist, now looking very sheepishly about the patrol car and at me, remarked that he had never been stopped in 17 years. Of course that degree of traffic obedience was not lost on me. However, I told him that I would have to give him a ticket and I added, "If I don't write you a ticket, who would I write one to?" Perhaps I would have to draw the line with motorists once their driver's licenses had been expired 20 years or more. That seemed a little foolish.

So I felt around my shirt to get one of the pens I normally put in my pocket and realized I had forgotten to put them in my new shirt this morning. I immediately checked my console and equipment bag. The glove box also. I could not find a pen anywhere and my passenger was now smiling. When I asked him if he had a pen on him, this is what he said. "Dude, if I was a fucking pen salesman, I wouldn't give you a sample pen right now!"

Such was my embarrassment that I handed him back his useless license. I told him that if he didn't get a new one TODAY...I would see him tomorrow, with a pen, and issue that ticket. I saw him at DMV later that day.

This evening, I actually read a Washington Post editorial piece written by a college professor who was making his case for the repeal of term limits so that President Obama could run again.

Like a license that was expired 17 years prior- it should be obvious to all by now- that term limits were designed especially because of people like Obama. He is the poster child for the genesis of term limit laws.

I am in complete awe. I am in awe that a college professor could write something like that. Awe that a widely circulated newspaper would print something so ridiculous. I am in awe of anyone, anywhere, that thinks Obama is anything but a useless, self serving liar who couldn't find his ass with both hands in a well lit room. The days when he does absolutely nothing- are his best days. But mostly I am in awe at anybody who thinks this guy is actually a good president.

But then again, there are people who actually bought AMC Pacers.

I can't link the WaPo piece. If you want to read it, you can find it.

Obama should probably have been impeached back when he stonewalled Congress for the government's criminal activities in Fast and Furious which includes Agent Terry's un-necessary death. How may subpoenas has he disobeyed? How many people have been targeted by the IRS or have to die at places like Benghazi while Captain Do Nothing gets some beauty sleep before his Vegas golf outing the following day?

If Obama were white, he'd be gone. We all know it and thankfully I can say it. Had George Bush committed just one one of the many scandals that Obama has been involved in- the liberals and collectivists would be calling for his head. Nixon and Bush were pikers compared to this guy.

What level of maliciousness, corruption, dereliction of duty, incompetence, or outright dishonesty does one have to engage in before the American people say enough is enough?

I'm not sure. I thought we were well beyond that point where it was obvious. Nixon would be in complete awe of Obama and the fact that a nation full of idiots would most likely re elect him.

Mob rule is here.

There used to be a time in our culture that when you screwed up, you clearly understood what that meant and you were willing to suffer the consequences. You were taught some level of responsibility and healthy shame. In today's culture, taking responsibility for your poor decisions is unheard of. Humility and shame do not exist. In fact, if you can convince people that none of this is your fault- they might be stupid enough to believe it.

We have rules with good reasons. While I don't necessarily agree with taxing citizens for a new license every four years- at least it provides a system of checks and balances for the ill or the elderly who unfortunately, should no longer drive. Term limits were installed after FDR essentially turned our society into a socialist paradise- seizing gold, printing money, and installing programs with the help of Congress. Programs that we can no longer afford and which Congress as usual- has ruined.

Kind of like Obamcare. The difference is, we won't have to wait 70 years to see this program fail.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Last Issue of Harley Enthusiast

It's not everyday that you make the last cover of a magazine.

In 2007, eleven of us toured the Lost Coast of California. The only thing that remains- is my right leg and one Chippewa boot. And maybe Troy. I think that's Troy in front of me.

Funny how you stumble into weird things on the innartubes.