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Old 05-07-2006, 06:15 PM   #111
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Default Re: You need to go to law school and read some law books...

That I should be expected to defer to a "professional" to understand the laws I'm expected to live by only serves to prove how severely screwed up our legal system is.



I shouldn't have to know whether a woman's parents beat her, how many kids she had, what medication she's on, how her work day went, or whether she was traumatized by a toy motorcycle as a kid to know that she should be held reposible for her actions when she runs over a motorcyclist (or anyone else).



"oops... here's my insurance card" doesn't cut it.
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Old 05-07-2006, 07:42 PM   #112
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Default Bob Dole is my hero

Hey Bob Dole is the type of Republican I like.. Ya think if Bob Dole was president he would be running up the red ink like W?...You think Bob Dole WWII hero would have a stuck in Iraq?
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:13 AM   #113
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Default Re: Bob Dole is my hero

I think it matters little who is in charge - I could see back as far as Clinton's first term that we were headed back into Iraq, eventually.



I knew it wouldn't be under Clinton's regime - he was too big a chicken-sh!t to actually *do* anything. But I figured it would be the next Pres after - which I actually *thought* was going to be Gore, at the time.



When Bilary is elected come '08 - watch out world! (think it can't happen? never underestimate the stupidity of the American Voter, nor the ease with which our Electors can be bought)

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Old 05-08-2006, 03:09 AM   #114
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Default Re: Road Rage and You

Heres my solution: cell phone. Get their license plate number and dial the State Trooper line if someone is seriously threatening your safety on the road. If the testosterone-crazed baboon keeps harrassing you while youre pulled over calling it in, might be a good idea to have a little revolver handy, concealed weapon permit assumed, of course.
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Old 05-08-2006, 04:03 AM   #115
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Default Re: Road Rage and You

I have a concealed carry permit and always carried a .45 in my cage. About 9 years ago my job transferred and required me to drive into the city daily. I had never driven in "city" traffic regularly, just when I came into town for a sporting event or concert.



After about 6 months, I took the pistol out of my car. I told my wife, "If I have this thing on me everyday, I'm going to end up using it on somebody". It hasn't been back in my car since.



In my opinion, if you make a conscious decision to carry a weapon to deal with circumstances that may arrise from driving, then you are saying to yourself "its okay for me to shoot somebody if they really ***** me off"



Thats not a healthy state of mind to have before you hit the highways.



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Old 05-08-2006, 04:10 AM   #116
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I was driving a car and a dude with his woman behind me started honking and getting pissed because I let a pedestrian cross the street in Downtown. He came alongside and made some obscene gestures and I returned the favor. He followed me to the grocery store parking lot. I was going to get out go into the store and find out what was on hs mind before if that was the case. Fortunately he sped off saluting me again. I picked up the next mornings paper to see his and anothers face plastered on the front page. They had beaten and robbed a night cleaner at a McDonalds. They were subsequently returned (big surprise) to jail. Hopefully they'll be there for a long time.
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Old 05-08-2006, 04:26 AM   #117
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Default Re: Bob Dole is my hero

It does matter. W has not vetoed one spending bill from the Republican controlled congress. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Sorry I don't buy the agrument it doesn't matter who is in charge... W is the worst president in US history.. History will prove me right.. You must live in a red state to make comments like this?
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Old 05-08-2006, 04:39 AM   #118
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Default Re: Um, Hitler is not a leftist.

Oh yeah, now Mussolini is a leftie too? What´s next?



But let show some light to you VW. Both Mussolini and Hitler were ultra right. They did not tolerate any socialist thoughts such as socializing the private companies. Quite the contrary they were very much in favor of putting a bullet into anyone´s head promoting such ideas.



Of course they took extreme measures in harnessing the productive capacity of their countries for the far effort – just like USA, England, Japan and any other fighting nation did. What´s next, Churchill and Hirohito were also card carrying socialists?



The fact is if you go far out to right you end up looking like a damn commie. McCarthyism for example did have an eerie resemblance to communism.



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Old 05-08-2006, 06:15 AM   #119
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Default Re: Um, Hitler is not a leftist.

You are right anrajala, in so far as National Socialism being different than communism. However they are both forms of socialism. As for the difference between Hitler and someone such as Stalin being labeled "right" or "left", George Orwell wrote an excellent treatise on the state manipulating the meaning of commonly understood labels to suit it's own agenda. As Shakespeare said "A rose by any other name".
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Old 05-08-2006, 06:26 AM   #120
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Default Re: Road Rage and You

Becoming a rider has improved my attitude on the road whether I'm on my bike or not. I used to get really upset at thoughtless blunders and selfish maneuvers on the road. I was a candidate for road rage. After riding my bike for a long time and avoiding a number of crashes, I have come to expect dangerous behavior from others at any time.



When I climb in the saddle, my mental attitude is defensive. I'm looking for the person who doesn't see me. I'm checking my rear view mirror for the rapid lane changer who is more determined to beat the pace of traffic than to ensure he doesn't sideswipe somebody. I keep a safe distance from the cars in front of me because I expect a foolish maneuver ahead. I roll on the throttle to pass an inattentive cager on a cell phone, watching the front wheels for the unsignaled lane change. When I expect bad things to happen, I'm not nearly as angry when they do happen.



I share the road with others, most of whom are driving something that is a serious threat to me on my bike. It's my job to drive within my capabilities and to be on the lookout for trouble.



I've found that a simple shake of the head sends a more powerful message to a driver who just committed a miscue than any obscene gesture, counter-maneuver, or act of "road rage." The people who really care about their driving have a chance to learn something. The people who don't care aren't going to get validation from my middle finger.



For me, learning to enjoy the journey on this cursed earth has replaced the longing for utopia on the highway.



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