Only criminals hate police, but everyone hates law enforcement

I'm not saying the vehicle isn't in violation of the law. What I'm saying is the violation wasn't visible from driving by and it didn't affect anything where it was, which means the meter maid had to drive to the top floor of a 9-story parking garage, exit their vehicle and inspect mine with the hope of finding a violation in order to find the violation they found. If you approach the task from the perspective of trying to be a dick you're a dick. Can we go back to policing the population instead of trying to just be law enforcement?

Published on 18 January 2019 at 07h53 by Dave, tags , ,

If you promised to move elsewhere if Trump won then it's time to pack up and go because you're not a patriot.

The rest of America, the people who understand what it means to be American, will do the hard work of fixing what is broken, despite a Trump victory. If you think the American response to a little political adversity is to flee I suggest you take another American History course. You want change? Stay and make it.

Published on 09 November 2016 at 18h11 by Dave, tags , ,

I'm all for ignoring idiots, but...

... if they have an actual argument you have to address the argument itself instead of dismissing it out of hand.

From a Salon article:

"...Trump, a man so profoundly unqualified that sexism is the only real justification for voting for him."

This line checked me out of this article. I'm not for Trump, I think he would be terrible, but putting forth this argument downplays the very real reasons that people are voting for him, reasons like believing that he can restore the middle class or that he can protect Americans from people that want to hurt our way of life. That Trump can do those things is disproved by policy analysis of his proposals, but those are very real concerns by people and actual reasons people I know are voting for him. This Salon writer made a flippant comment that is unnecessarily dismissive of the current state of the country and shows so much bias that it prevented me from finding the will to finish reading the article.

Published on 09 June 2016 at 21h12 by Dave, tags , , ,

I'm going to be the reason Trump gets elected this year

Don't be mistaken: I'm not going to vote for him, but if he gets elected me and people like me will be the reason why. As Republicans quietly write off the 2016 elections as going to Hillary because she's the "inevitable" Democratic candidate and the Republican vote is being split by the traditional Republican Party purists that want Kasich, or maybe Ryan, but would settle for Cruz on a contested convention, and the Republican outsiders that want a candidate like Trump, they are missing the fact that the Democratic primary is also being split. Sanders has been coming up just short of Clinton everywhere that matters and at this point she is the likely Democratic nominee unless California pulls through for Sanders in a big way. She will obviously have the vote of her own supporters, and probably most of the traditional Democrats, but, here's the kicker: I'm not a Democrat. I don't think she will make a good President and I don't feel "obligated" by party affiliation to vote for her, so I won't. I like Sanders and his platform and I would vote for him regardless of the party he was running under. I will probably write in Sanders as a message to the Democratic Party that they've moved too far to the right, and myself and people like me won't get behind their candidate, and there might be enough of us that we might just damage her chances of a win in November, leaving the margin open enough for Trump to step in and take the election.

This would have been a great year for one of the third parties to field a strong candidate and actually have a shot, since both the major parties are split, but they sat around during the early stages of the primaries without declaring a candidate, and so they lost any groundswell they could have picked up. I'm really disappointed by that, but I'm not connected enough or political enough to have done anything to make a difference here. They needed to announce a candidate and they didn't so the media characterized the race as Trump versus Clinton, and what do you know: that's where we are.

I don't want to vote for Trump, but I won't vote for Clinton, not even to stop a Trump presidency, because I think she's more dangerous than Trump. Trump has no idea about constitutionality and doesn't realize that most of things he's proposing to do would be slapped down by the Supreme Court on constitutional grounds, so our risk of him doing long-term damage (in areas other than foreign policy) is minimal. Clinton, on the other hand, is a skilled lawyer and is very aware of when she's doing something wrong, but there are instances of her knowing something is illegal and choosing to do it anyway. She understands the laws enough to know when and how to skirt them and get away with it, mostly, and that's what makes her dangerous as a President. I'm not a Democrat, and I won't support her, and that might just be enough to get Trump elected. Sorry, but not sorry. My message to every party: run better candidates next time and learn how to market the good ones you have.

Edit: Just stumbled on this video which says more or less the same thing I just did, pay particular attention to his words at 2:43:

Published on 28 April 2016 at 18h35 by Dave, tags ,

Dear Trump Supporters, WTF?

You're fighting for the Christian soul of the nation because you're worried about Muslim infiltration? The Constitution, that you claim to love so much, provides freedom of religion for the citizens of the United States and a separation between church and state in the government, so this is not a Christian nation. While most of the people are Christian, the government is not and there is no mandate that the people of this country are Christian, and can never be under the Constitution by design. Contrary to your xenophobic beliefs Muslims are welcome in this country and there is nothing legal you can do about them coming here.

Oh, you're posting memes about the other candidates but they only contain false information? Okay, let me refute that with a few charts and graphs, and some facts about what the truth is. Oh, you "heard Trump speak and that's enough for you" to decide to vote for him? Maybe you should research a little about economic policy from the government's standpoint instead of a business' standpoint. This country is not a business. Not going to do that? That's okay, I'm sure your chosen candidate hasn't bothered to do it either, just like you. You're posting memes to "lighten things up" during this election? Fighting sound bites with sound bites is how we prove the populace is stupid. Can we please have a serious discussion here? This shit is important.

Published on 10 March 2016 at 15h29 by Dave, tags , , ,

Do you really believe that?

Go back and take high school civics again. The constitution is meant to limit government from not overstepping its bounds into your freedom, not to limit private companies from doing things they are legally allowed to do. Don't like the behavior? Petition to have the law changed instead of requesting the constitution be repealed. Also, you're provably wrong on this issue. You're advocating spending millions of taxpayer dollars to save thousands of taxpayer dollars, with a proposal that has literally already been tried and failed with all the appropriate study, examination, and analysis. You're wrong. And you're angry at the wrong people. You're trying to hurt the people at the bottom who have no control over any part of the system instead of the people who organized, built, and maintain the system. Most annoyingly, I can't tell you any of this directly because you comprehend literally no part of any of the systems at work here. Not only can you not see the forest for the trees, you're not even aware the tree plays any part in the ecosystem. And the worst part? You don't care that you don't know.

Published on 01 October 2015 at 05h25 by Dave, tags , ,

Ignorance in the age of social media

There's nothing quite like an upcoming election (still over a year away!) to remind me of how bigoted so many of my friends are. They open their mouths and spout vitriol that only showcases how little they understand the world around them and the realities of the country in which they live, the daily struggles of the people they pass on the street. Their racism and small-mindedness escapes their mouths in convenient sound bites, clearly chewed up, partially digested, and vomited into their mouths by whatever mother bird media outlet most panders to their particular fears. Nothing is sourced; misinformation flows freely in every direction on the digital superhighway. Then they twist it and add their own little bits of bile to it until it is so caustic they can't hold it in their mouths anymore, at which point they spit it onto social media for the world to look on in horror. This is how I have surrounded myself.

Published on 29 August 2015 at 06h30 by Dave, tags , ,

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