"The fact she cheated on her husband the president during WW2 should automatically disqualify her."
Wow...interesting Mr. rails. It didn't seem to disqualify Jefferson, Franklin, Eisenhower, and who knows what was going on during Jackson's term, as he was president during the "petticoat" scandal. FDR was reported to have had affairs, and he made it to coins, and yes, Andrew Jackson being a genocide proponent against Indians didn't disqualify him? Do you have two tiered requirements?
I am glad you were talking to scs lake. I don't go to Church. I am part of the Church. I only go to worship.
"Ferguson is an example of what we are becoming. Most of the males in Ferguson are convicts, are waiting to go to trial, or have warrants out for them."
Where are you finding those statistics? Just asking. I just read International Business Times article on crime in Ferguson, MO., It showed an overall population of 20500. Although black crime was higher than white crime, it would be very difficult to say that most males are convicts are awaiting trial or have warrants out for them, as the article stated that there were 244 total arrests between January to April of this year. Multiply by four and you could speculate around 1000 arrests for the entire year. If those arrests were ALL for different people, you would still be looking at less than 5% of the total population and remember, over 8% of total population are children under 5, and I doubt they contribute to the arrest or conviction rate. I believe the article showed total black population of 14K and white 6.5K. Probably about 50% are women so now you have male population of about 10K in Ferguson? I could be wrong, but I would venture that many of those that have been arrested or are convicts are repeat offenders, as this is the norm anywhere. I really don't know how you can come up with "most of the males in Ferguson are convicts, are waiting to go to trial or have warrants out for them, as you would need to have over 5500 to be most of the males. Who knows how many of those 244 arrests had something to do with the rioting that took place? I think I read somewhere else, there were 481 reported regular crimes, not necessarily violent reported in stats I saw for 2010 in Ferguson. Those crimes included violent crimes but also burglary, larceny, grand theft, etc.
Although you are correct regarding some additional cost involved to change RVP for summer blend from winter blend to prevent evaporation and screw up ozone layer if maintaining winter blend during hot weather, you stated that alone was the "REAL reason for Winter/Summer price difference." I won't make that claim and agree with you, as it is really only of several reasons. Almost always, refineries shut down prior to summer for MT and want to "recover" costs rapidly when they come back on line which is for summer months. Also, summer months increase demands generally, as these are months that families can take vacations together that are automobile driven vacations. So although it is correct that RVP plays a part in the overall additional cost of making summer gas, many studies have shown it should only add between a cent and a half and five cents/gal. Bean counters want to recover expenses quickly from MT periods and know they get away with raising prices during summer months and getting back their MT costs and so this too plays in to the equation along with increased summer month demand, so perhaps you and rogere were both correct, instead of you giving him a drubbing as though he didn't make some good points.
With an increasing population and greater density of people, more regulations become a necessity, whether you agree with more regulations or not. Examples: When US was extremely rural, few if any gun regulations. As properties became closer and closer together, and density increased, new laws and regulations came and should come. No discharging rifles in your back yard anymore. No hunting except in designated areas. More laws, more regulations. Automobile is invented, soon there are laws regarding its operation. Are you offended by that, or would you prefer that there are no street signs, signals, and everyone is on their own? Your call. Way back, you built a home, had outhouse or cesspool. As populations became more dense, regulations required sewers, because it was in the interest of people to be able to drink the well water that was clean prior to excessive human waste filtering into it. You seem offended by what was formerly legal now being illegal, but many of those new laws are written, because the circumstances changed. People used to be able to dump their waste wherever they wanted, but now we have laws saying that is taboo. If you call that government "intrusion" into peoples' lives, so be it, but I am ever thankful for many of those laws.
".getting stopped because of a non-'working tail light is insane."
I have to disagree Mr. Williamszxz. People are stopped for vehicle safety reasons, because thousands are killed every year on the highways. People need working tail lights so that the people behind them know when they are going to turn or back up or when they apply brakes. If brake lights don't work the person following is assuming that there is nothing in front of the car in front of them. If you have non functioning headlights, should the cops just let you go? The reason they do it with one tail light or one headlight, is because if that one goes out, there is nothing. That is just the way it is.
I am not sure why democrat or republican is playing into this anyway. Under Obama, a huge increase in domestic production took place. Fracking and shale production finally started putting the science to the wellhead. Remember, most of those oil companies involved in it are republican run and owned. With that production came a worldwide glut, and since the Saudi's are the biggest player, and since they didn't curtail production, oil prices crashed. Remember, this hurt the solar industry, so it is republican caused, as most of them hate anything renewable. With the overproduction, loads of companies that were making plenty a year ago are now losing money, curtailing drilling, and slowly cutting into the glut. This certainly wasn't either Obama caused or Mitch McConnell caused, as McConnell is really interested in everything running on coal to keep his black lung friends working. The rest of the world now has fracking technology, and ways to extract many more barrels is common knowledge now. Canadian companies are hurting terribly, as this overproduction has caused many to fold their tents or stop drilling. I know it must be fun to blame Obama for everything, but what is going on in the oil market isn't his fault.
The NTSB did not say Hazelwood's drinking problem had anything to do with that accident. If you were in an autobile driving, and even if you were drunk or had drunk too much alcohol, and I was the passenger in the vehicle, stone cold sober at the time, and I was going to be required to drive the car, and I had been on that same road with the vehicle many times, and following transpired, then perhaps you could enlighten me as to the fault of the accident. Let's say I had been forced to work for 24 hours straight, but now it was my turn to drive. You explicitly tell me to go two miles down the road and turn left at the stop sign and you require me to repeat back...not once, but twice the instructions and included in the instructions are instructions to call you if I am in doubt. I repeat the instructions correctly both times, and you stop the car, get in the back and proceed to fill out the taxi log to send message immediately required by our employer. I start driving while you are working, and then I go down the road and drive through the stop sign and don't turn, because I fell asleep at the wheel. Did your drinking have anything to do with the accident? Remember, Exxon had done away the radio operators, so no longer could the captain hand a message to someone with the pertinent facts on cargo and departure and ETA times and have the message sent. With the removal of radio operators, that became another duty of the master, so he had to leave the bridge and send messages, as this was company protocol.
Had captain Hazelwood been a sober Mormon, the results of the Exxon Valdez would have been identical. His drinking problem had zero to do with that accident, and having been on that same run for several years, I can assure you that Hazelwood on that outbound leg going past Bligh reef operated like the rest of the tanker skippers. If someone falls asleep, they fall asleep.
I don't believe much of anything on these boards, jaredo. Star must be one of the wealthiest people ever on this board to invest nearly 75000 bucks in a company that never turns a profit and previously bought $50K worth of shares and betting on long with a CEO that bankrupted an auto repair company? He has more guts than a slaughterhouse and must have tons of money to bet $50K and $75K on companies that have no track record except to lose money and then to go long to boot?? Seems a little fishy, but then again, truth doesn't manifest itself a lot on these stock chatboards.
The icing on the cake is the policeman throwing the object (taser gun most likely) next to the body of the man he just shot. What it looks like is cop loses it, shoots unarmed man in the back, and then plants evidence to make his story he put on report look real. It is hard to claim self defense when you are planting evidence. Doesn't look good for his career.
sea captains do not have near the protection as policemen with their unions. First, the NLRB only recognizes officers "unions" as organizations without protective NLRB protection. This is because officers are "supervisorial" and therefore not entitled to union representation, but they can form a group for job contract negotiations. Captains, when let go, are usually just that...fired. There is no such thing as paid administrative leave like police/firemen have as a union "entitlement."
"I am sure that the captain of the Exxon Valdez is not a role model for ship's captains and his actions or lack of them (as captain he has final responsibility) cost Exxon shareholders billions of dollars and taxpayers a lot of money as well."
Read the NTSB report rogere. The captain was exonerated and according to the NTSB, the most probably cause of the grounding was the falling asleep of the third mate Cousins from chronic fatigue, and the laws were changed so that no longer could companies require someone to keep working and go on watch after already being on duty 16 hours straight, when many times it was 30 houirs straight work and then to the bridge for a 4 hour watch. People get a little rummy when that happens, but it was standard procedure on tankers for years until the Exxon Valdez incident. Furthermore, Capt. Hazelwood's ship probably made more money for Exxon's bottom line than any other Exxon captain ever did. When that ship went aground, you would have thought that 100% of the gas used in America was on it, as gasoline prices instantly rose about ten cents a gallon and stayed that way for years, and Exxon, Chevron, Mobil, Phillips, etc. loved every minute of it. Actually, that oil wasn't even allowed to be refined into gasoline, but the American public got suckered in. You may have protected drunk cops, but a cop is actually salaried to obey the law and a criminal is not.
Personally, I think cops should be held to double penalty when breaking law.
Interesting that you made that much as a "long," unless you want to redefine the term long as being a couple of weeks or so. What year was it when it crept up from the ones clear to $5 before descending slowly and many times. I think long term requires a year, and I am glad you had a full year of steady climbing at some point in RTK. It certainly hasn't been long term the last few years...maybe short term flips over the long term if that is what you are saying star.
This might be why the public is getting tired of police abuse at all levels. As I said before, nearly fifty percent of the police in my area called in sick on superbowl day. Taxpayers wind up being the victim, having to then pay off duty cops OT to cover for the "sick" ones. I certainly won't say all policemen are bad, because there are a lot of noble ones, but there are also a lot of "less than" noble ones, but yet they are being paid to be noble. rogere may disagree.
"dakine it is clear from your post that you have a really low opinion of cops."
WHat I have rogere, is a low opinion of many cops. Why? The cops earned it. It is just like over here, on superbowl Sunday, half the cops called in sick, forcing taxpayers to pay OT for cops willing to take their place. I lived in Oregon many years where the main newspaper ran big spreads on the rampant "disability claims" by policemen and firemen. The mayor had his hands tied, as those who decided whether a cop or fireman was disabled, by union contract, had to be a board comprised of presently disabled cops/firemen. Article after article and photo after photo showed these folks playing golf, driving tractors on their farms paid for by tax free pensions of the "rest of the working class." My wife's own cousin, a district commander in CHP, managed to slide out the door of California with a "disability pension approaching six figures tax free, and goes hunting , plays golf, does everything a healthy person does. Have you ever looked up how many of the total yearly sick day allowances are used by cops? I went to sea, rogere, where "if" you were sick, somebody checked on you and you were forced to be in bed. In nearly 30 years of going to sea, I had only 2 days total and one of those was for only 1 four hour watch, and my experience was that was the norm...The former woman police chief of Portland, OR went out on disability, and so did her husband, another cop. Stress disabilities at 20 years will soon be the norm if we aren't careful for police and firemen.
It is interesting that you bring up that this is perhaps a tax issue. I don't think it is for the following reasons. As police forces are now being "forced" to carry body cams to video their confrontations, have you looked at the price and amount the police forces are spending on those cameras? That tax monies are being provided to police departments, but they way overspend to keep their budgets high. Most of these new body cams are costing near $1800 each. How much is a Go Pro? It is because some former cop has a camera company now, and gets contracts with PD's in different jurisdictions, sells toys to PD's and stiffs the taxpayers with overpriced cop toys. The monies have been there, but are wasted. Have you looked at the % of cops that retire on disability? It is huge...and tax free pensions go with it...all funded by taxpayers. Whatever caused the policeman to shoot off 8 rounds and put 5 in the back of a fleeing unarmed man and then claiming on a report that the man was an imminent threat, and then planting evidence on him, is a moot point. A policeman is paid to uphold the law and not break it.
"UK Bobbies don't even carry a gun, they call out special squads for that."
And what does that have to do with the fact that in UK, police only found it necessary to use deadly force on 42 occasions in all of the 20th century and American police felt compelled to use deadly force on 111 occasions just last month? If you think the British live on a small island, what about me? My father in law was a cop in Oakland, CA for his entire career, and only had to draw his gun once or twice and never had to fire it. What he told me about police behavior though might shudder your imagination. What was recorded on police reports many times should have been a fiction best seller.
" If darkie had just stayed in the car none of this would have happened."
That statement is rather pitiful, as you could have said if the policeman hadn't have gone to work that day, none of this would have happened. The real gist is that a policeman, put down on his report that he felt threatened and the camera clearly shows that the gunned down person was running away from him. Did you ever feel threatened by anyone that was running away from you?