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Blessed

1.5 metric tons of metal and plastic, blessed by the Car God.

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The good thing: the Car God has a direct broadband connection to your current president.

RFID, the hard way…

I picked up a copy of Auster’s “Travels to the Scriptorium” at a Barnes&Noble, wanted to read the first page… and he! There was a fat RFID chip in it! Glued right to the first page! And (of course) it’s nearly impossible to get the stupid thing out without ruining the book! Come on, dear corporation! That’s not how you treat a book! Didn’t you learn that at school?

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And one more time I have to add: It’s fun to hack the RFID.

I göt umlauts!

Umlauts sell? I can’t believe it.
If umlauts would really sell the German economy would be in an alltime high…

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Terror By Any Other Name

Hiram Rivera-Ortiz was sentenced today for agreeing to smuggle 4 handguns and 2 machine guns aboard a flight bound for Puerto Rico for a mere $4,500. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison, 3 years of probation and $100 fine.

So, let me get this straight. A man can sneak a small arsenal of automatic weapons onto a plane, taking measures to circumvent security by infiltrating and taking a job as an employee of an airline, in this atmosphere of heightened terrorism threat levels… and he gets sentenced like someone who gets loaded and crashes their car into the neighbors elm? Actually, a DUI with property damage and no bodily harm would carry far more than $100 I’m sure.

Why didn’t we treat this dirt bag like a terrorist threat and stick him in a dank dark hole for an indeterminate amount of time? I mean, hell, if we are going to create draconian anti-terrorism laws, can we please enforce them on the real threats, like people turning our communities (and airlines apparently) into life threatening situations? How is a person who is willing to attempt to skirt TSA security for the price of a late model used car in an effort to participate in a guns and drug trade that puts more bodies in our morgues than terrorism ever will any less a threat to our way of life than Osama Bin Laden?

This guy is one of the real terrorists and should have been removed from society until he was a gray feeble old man. What I take from this is that if his last name had been Abu Karim Muhammad or something he would have been national news and taken out of circulation for more than a few years. Instead, we get to have him back on our streets in probably 3-4 years if he manages to not kill somebody while in jail. Good job judicial system!

Don’t Stand in Traffic Part 2

Don’t Stand in Traffic Part 2

It’s not just police who are standing in traffic and causing what I believe are safety risks. The Fire Department is really getting under my skin. It’s long been a common practice for the local Fire Departments to raise funds by walking around cars at busy intersections when the traffic lights stop cars. They ask for donations to be placed in a boot and when the light turns green they usually hustle off to the corner and wait to hit the next light change.

Now, this is dangerous enough. We spend a lot of time instructing children to not play in traffic and to be wary of cars. We also tell them that the Fire Department are people dedicated to their safety and well being. I have always had a real big problem with the example this sets.

Well, this has now escalated to a level just beyond my belief. Not only has local Fire Departments taken to standing on the median (not the corner sidewalk) between light changes, they also commonly remain in traffic as cars begin to drive off, trying to snag that extra buck or to until the first wave of cars move through the intersection. Not only is this illegal, but for a group dedicate to safety, it is outrageous

But it doesn’t stop there. Recently, on more than one occasion I have seen these Fire Departments using their fire trucks to attract attention. How? By parking their engines on the median with the light signals rolling! How can this be allowed? Whoever agreed this would be okay to be done should be immediately dismissed. Those signals are meant to be used for emergencies, to signal people to move to the side of the road. Why in God’s name would you think it would be okay to implement these in a non emergency situation in the middle of a busy intersection?

Not only is this illegal and a terrible example to set for people, but it directly endangers lives. Would you find it acceptable for high school students to wander around the middle of a busy intersection during their car wash? How about elementary kids selling candy car door to car door? That’s the example you are seting. Stop it now!

Don’t Stand in Traffic Part 1

Allan Barahona is currently on trial for second-degree murder and vehicular homicide in a case involving an officer run over and killed while attempting a traffic stop. But I don’t want to discuss the points of that particular case. From what I read Barahona looks like he might have been trying to evade the traffic stop and was driving recklessly before hand, which is nothing new. I’ve talked plenty on the increasing amounts of dirtbags in Orlando and their lack of respect for the rule of law and the authority of law enforcement.

No, what concerns me is the ongoing incidents of officers getting run over or nearly missed because they take the insanely dangerous approach of stepping in front of speeding vehicles! I had to bold that statement because I hope that when you read the straight fact about what is happening that it sinks in. This should not be condoned. It puts the officer at risk and it puts the public at risk, and not just the accused speeder at which they wish to stop. How long before someone swerves into another lane to avoid the officer and smashes into a school bus or family and kills someone totally uninvolved in the traffic stop? I refuse to accept the the police bear no responsibility in what occurs when they decide to step in front of speeding vehicles!

In a recent WFTV article Sheriff Kevin Beary is quoted:

“They’re having to jump out of the way. Nobody wants to stop. They’ll ride over the curb. They’ll do everything they can,”

Sgt. Armando Socarras of the Orlando police is also quoted in the same article:

“There are a lot of drivers on cell phones not paying attention, radios, all kinds of distractions,”

Yes, yes there are. Which is exactly why you should not stand in front of speeding vehicles! This is just too dangerous a practice to continue. It’s dangerous for the officer, dangerous for the driver and ultimately dangerous for anyone on the road. If a speeding driver fails to stop when you wave them over, then you get the description and license if you can, call it in and have a patrol car follow up. It is just flat out not acceptable and needs to stop.

Pier Pressure

flaglerpier.jpgFlagler Beach City commissioners want to crack down on loiterers at the boardwalk and pier. Huh? Yeah, I know this isn’t exactly a Central Florida issue, but there are plenty of piers and boardwalks in the area and I’m hoping this is not some sort of infectious stupidity that might spread to our own civic leadership. Seriously Flagler, what is it you think people should be doing on a pier or boardwalk? Are the cops going to say, “Move along now… uh… to the end of the pier.” Would fishing off the pier be considered loitering? How about a couple enjoying the sunset? Maybe a couple old guys playing checkers down by the water need to be rustled up on the feet and set to walking.

I’m guessing the real issue is they don’t want them gosh darn teenage whipper snappers hanging around in groups, surely up to no good. I’d like to invite the Flagler city commissioners to reflect for a moment on what exactly it is they are doing here and ask themselves, have you really become THOSE guys?

All Hands On Deck Draws Unwarranted Criticism

Orlando Police met with people in the Parramore neighborhood regarding the department’s All Hand’s On Deck program. Basically this program took police staff out from behind the desks some and onto the streets, targeting high crime areas. I have to say, since this happened starting last June 10th, I’ve noticed Parramore news reports regarding crime have dropped, which is a good thing. To me that says that more cops where the crime is means criminals can’t conduct their illegal activities and they have to close up shop.

But according to the linked article: “many neighborhoods have criticized the program, saying crime has just spread elsewhere.” That’s ground for criticism? That’s what is supposed to happen. It proves the point, that we need more cops. And then you put more cops where the crime spread to. And you keep doing that until the human garbage realizes that they are going to get their butts kicked out of every town until it sinks in that crime isn’t going to pay, at least not in this town.

Look, you gotta be realistic. You are not going to rehabilitate 99.9% of the people who are out there pulling guns and shooting people in the face. If we catch them, we can jail them or execute them for their murders after trials (Judges need to get their acts together too, stop giving second chances). Baring that, you’ve got to make being a crook the most unprofitable and difficult line of business to be in. That means cops all up in their business 24-7. Sure, they’ll move on and be someone else’s problem, but if they’re smart, they’ll do the same and maybe, eventually, will get this sewage to head back the right direction down the drain. As it now, the bowl is overflowing.

Put The Uniform Back On

0003%2810%29.jpgIf they keep doing it, I’ll keep saying it. The police are being laughed at by the criminal element of this city. Criminals increasingly have no problem turning the gun on cops. With this in mind, what possesses cops to make complete asses of themselves in public? Seriously guys, until the last of the badies are put away, save the yucks for when the squad visits the hospital to cheer up sick kids. This monkey business is pathetic.

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Racism Knows No Race Boundries

Claire Dempster got caught with a big fat foot in her mouth making comments that a position on the Osceola County Commission should be filled by an Anglo and not a Hispanic. Sad to see racism so easily coming to someone running for a government position.

Beulah Farquharson from the Buenaventura Lakes Community Association makes a comment in the article I think we all should heed, that the position needs to go to someone based on the ability to do a job, not their ethnicity or race and who’s interest they represent (outside of the entire district of course.)

But people from all sides of the color coin in government have been guilty of this, so let’s not fool ourselves into thinking this is just another case of whitey keeping the brown folk down. Latin leaders have made plenty of similar statements with no shame and we all know how Daisy feels. Racism is a human problem and we all need to look at is as both victims AND perpetrators.

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