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Friday, September 16th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  David | 

    I was going to say that “what happens when bicyclists know more about the law than cops” is that the bicyclist gets shot, but I kinda figured I’d be exaggerating.

  2. #2 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Brookings scholar wants the media to be sunnier about Afghanistan.”

    An example of statist media and a version partisan hackery designed to support one party over the other. Two birds, one stone!

  3. #3 |  Mario | 

    Okay, I read only half of cop vs. cyclists story, and here’s what I got. The cop pulled along side them, told them that they should be on the road, and instead of cringing at his (ignorant) assertion of authority, the one cyclist said, “I have as much right to be on the road as you.” Now, here is the point where a professional police officer — though wrong, because the cyclists did have a right to be on the road — would have dropped back and thrown on the lights and siren of his car, unequivocally signaling to the cyclists that they were being pulled over. And the cyclists, as the operator of any vehicle ought to do, should have then pulled over.

    But that’s not what happened.

    Instead, Sheriff Buford T. Justice went apoplectic and tried to run them off the road. I suppose “all in a day’s work” is the good officer’s defense.

  4. #4 |  Mario | 

    Correction: “told them that they shouldn’t be on the road.” (Sorry!)

  5. #5 |  JLA | 

    NASA should be ashamed of itself for promoting a gay agenda by discovering a planet with two suns. We all know that planets function best in solar systems with one sun and one moon!

  6. #6 |  Neil | 

    And the bicyclists also get money…

    http://www.ohiobikelawyer.com/uncategorized/2010/07/tasered-cyclist-settles-civil-rights-lawsuit/

    Hopefully the cops learned a bit about bike laws.

  7. #7 |  Anthony | 

    JLA,
    What about Saturn? NASA has been promoting polygamy for years!

  8. #8 |  JLA | 

    “What about Saturn? NASA has been promoting polygamy for years!”

    Neither Jupiter nor Saturn can support life. It just goes to show you that polylunarism is an abhorrent planetary lifestyle!

  9. #9 |  Neil | 

    From further internet searching, looks like the city’s insurance company paid for it:

    Because of a confidentiality agreement, the dollar amount of the settlement was not released. However, it is expected that the insurance companies for the sheriff’s office and the village of Chesapeake will pay the amount.

    “It was left up to the insurance companies to settle it,” Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin said. “We didn’t have much say in it. I am glad it is over with. I am happy it is done with.”

  10. #10 |  digamma | 

    That “four Fs” joke is a standard among psychology and neurology professors.

  11. #11 |  jasonSchmedly | 

    Cyclists are assholes, they obey whatever traffic laws are more convenient for them at the time (they act both as pedestrians and cars). I hope more cops start putting them in their place.

  12. #12 |  Flight 714 | 

    “Heather has two Ganymedes”

  13. #13 |  2nd of 3 | 

    Our local commuter bike org has a card on their website spelling out your basic legal rights and responsibilities as a cyclist in this region. They recommend you print out and carry it with you on your bike to present to an officer in case you are pulled over for something not illegal.

    That said, they’re pretty bike friendly in these parts. I’ve never seen a cyclist pulled over, even when clearly breaking the law. I guess because we have a pretty large cycling community.

  14. #14 |  Tolly | 

    As a cyclist, that story makes my blood boil. It used to be inconceivable that you’d be pulled over by a vindictive, brutal police officer, and beaten/tased. That only happened to hardened criminals. But nowadays all I can wonder is when it’s gonna happen to me.

    These assholes are using tasers left and right and beating people with absolutely zero cause. How can these jagoffs even be enforcing the law, much less employed after this kind of savagery? Even if the officials account is true, they are the ones who escalated this into a potentially lethal situation. For a cycling/traffic offense, that’s insane.

    I love that we’re supposed to obey and submit to any flavor of authoritative insanity that any one of these brutal assholes decides to inflict. ‘Get on the ground’ or ‘Stop resisting’ or just a perceived lack of awed respect means a beating or worse. These cops are overstaffed, overpaid and under trained if they have time to enforce BS like this.
    The records on that thug needs to be thrown open and he should be disciplined harshly.

  15. #15 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    RE: Brook Shields eminent domain movie…

    “I think it is likely to take a conservative, totally anti-eminent domain tack that will not further the conversation”

    Ah, yes. Some conservatives don’t like eminent domain abuse so good progressives need to be very careful about coming out against it, so as not to appear conservative. This is what Red Team v. Blue Team brainwashing does to people. Wake up, Lady. When the state takes property from homeowners and hands it over to, you guessed it, large corporations, that is corporatism. How could a principled leftist waffle on this issue?

  16. #16 |  Sam | 

    Or, as Nicholas Cage calls it, “Tuesday.”

  17. #17 |  Southern Man | 

    One of the biology professors at the conservative Christian university where I once taught would teach the Four Fs as “Fight, flight, food, and (pause for effect) family values.” Everyone got it and laughed, decorum was maintained, and no one ever forgot the Four Fs.

  18. #18 |  Randy | 

    Well said, Helmut O’.

    I’d like to know where she got the idea that because conservatives criticized the Kelo ruling, they are anti-eminent domain. Her post just goes to show that progressives are often just as reactioanry as anyone on the Right. Shocking….

  19. #19 |  Andrew S. | 

    THERE. ARE. FOUR. F’S.

    (no?)

    Um, ok. Anyways, do I have to ask if the deputy in the bike story was ever disciplined? Because I probably know the answer to that, don’t I?

  20. #20 |  Highway | 

    And in the article about the bicycle settlement, it’s also stated that there were dash cam videos that the police had that were never given to the cyclist defendant during the criminal or civil trials. Nice one, guys.

  21. #21 |  Mike T | 

    A ThinkProgress commenter:

    That seems vaguely ridiculous. If someone wants to build a giant factory that will being tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, but one guy doesn’t want to sell his home, then arguing that that one dude has an unlimited national right to stop it is odd.

    Remember this the next time some leftist is ranting about walmart showing up in town and killing the vibrant local culture.

  22. #22 |  DoubleU | 

    Cage: “Schumacher, who earlier cast Cage…//…said “Trespass” is also about extremes between the rich and the poor in America.”

    Cage is making seven million dollars (plus) on this film… about the extremes of the rich.

  23. #23 |  DarkEFang | 

    They don’t actually say that being rich is a bad thing. This might be Joel Schumacher’s magnum opus about the evils of the poor.

  24. #24 |  M. Steve | 

    From what I’ve been able to gather, the order of preference for leftists is:

    The Greater Good > The Individual > The Corporation

    or

    Everyone > Someone > Someone(s)

    Kind of interesting…

  25. #25 |  James J.B. | 

    Re: Kelo. With that Kelo logic private property doesn’t exist unless the mob says otherwise. If I “own” something until you, or a group of you says I can’t – then I really have nothing but a lease – until my betters decide otherwise. All kneel before the greater good.

    The Progressives love it. The state decides what is the “best” use of the property. That is their belief system in a nutshell – all for the greater good. They don’t really worry about abuse b/c, well, oh, this one instance it was misued. Never mind that the land in Kelo is now vacant land. That was one misuse, let’s not get too hasty. The Corportists love it – they don’t really need the market when the state will do it much quicker and cheaper.

    In a just world, riots would have occurred after Kelo. But, hey the big game is on, or 30 Rock, or I am tired or something…

  26. #26 |  Brandon | 

    The defenses of the Thinkprogress piece are absurd. Even the author admits that it was poorly written and poorly thought out, but the comment zealots just won’t let it go, going as far as saying the eminent domain is simply wonderful and democratic. “Libertarian” is used as an epithet, and the words “undemocratic” and “illiberal” are used as self-evidently damning accusations against anyone who dares to speak up for property rights. Makes me sad.

  27. #27 |  Tim in Ohio | 

    The bicyclists article strikes close to home. I’m from Lawrence Co. Ohio and attend school at Marshall.

    And I’ve been thinking of buying a bike. Heh.

  28. #28 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    re: metal based life

    Why not? In an extreme environment (High pressure/heat/acidity) metals become quite mobile in solution, and they form lots of bonds. It’s plausible. Not within the realm of our known biology, but hell how much do we really know? Wasn’t it just last year we found a bacterium that could swap arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA backbone?

    There’s got to be ways of ‘doing life’ that are outside the box, that we’re not even capable of considering yet.

    Here’s to hoping Lee Cronin isn’t the guy that invents the grey goo that kills us all.

  29. #29 |  SJE | 

    Tim in Ohio:
    More people might join you if we ended the huge socialist boondoggle of financing ever more road construction out of general funds and not users.

  30. #30 |  2nd of 3 | 

    “Wasn’t it just last year we found a bacterium that could swap arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA backbone?”

    That hasn’t been proven yet. It’s looking like the research team made a mistake, either in the observations, the interpretation of the observations, or both.

  31. #31 |  omar | 

    Why not? In an extreme environment (High pressure/heat/acidity) metals become quite mobile in solution, and they form lots of bonds. It’s plausible. Not within the realm of our known biology, but hell how much do we really know? Wasn’t it just last year we found a bacterium that could swap arsenic for phosphorus in its DNA backbone?

    Why don’t we ask the biology professors at the conservative Christian university?

    Show up at my door with a degree from one of those “bible colleges”, and you won’t get a job scrubbing my toilets.

  32. #32 |  FridayNext | 

    I am a little ashamed to admit I have mixed feelings about the bike versus cops story. Clearly the cops were raging assholes and bullies in this case. But as a daily pedestrian (and non-car owner and infrequent driver) I am tired of entitled cyclists who interpret “share the road” as get out of my way I’m on a bicycle. Just yesterday I had to dodge two cyclists who turned left without stopping and rushed right through the cross-walk I was in. The sad thing is if that cop had waited and followed those two cyclists I have no doubt they would have broken any number of laws they could have legitimately been ticketed or arrested for. Just follow them long enough and they will likely have rolled through a stop sign eventually.

    Not that any of that merits a beat down, tasering, or generally douche-bag bullying exhibited here, but a ticket once in awhile would be nice.

  33. #33 |  omar | 

    The sad thing is if that cop had waited and followed those two cyclists I have no doubt they would have broken any number of laws they could have legitimately been ticketed or arrested for.

    Don’t encourage that. It applies to you as well for a thousand crimes.

  34. #34 |  GeneralGarbage | 

    @FridayNext – I worked in NYC for many years and was very familiar with bicyclists running through red lights (because they are only like all other vehicles when it benefits them), nearly running me down, and then cursing me out for it.

    That said, I now do a lot of work in the south and midwest, and I’ve noticed that there is a bizarre antipathy to people that use a road for anything but driving a car.

  35. #35 |  Mike T | 

    Re: Kelo. With that Kelo logic private property doesn’t exist unless the mob says otherwise. If I “own” something until you, or a group of you says I can’t – then I really have nothing but a lease – until my betters decide otherwise. All kneel before the greater good.

    The Progressives love it. The state decides what is the “best” use of the property. That is their belief system in a nutshell – all for the greater good. They don’t really worry about abuse b/c, well, oh, this one instance it was misued. Never mind that the land in Kelo is now vacant land. That was one misuse, let’s not get too hasty. The Corportists love it – they don’t really need the market when the state will do it much quicker and cheaper.

    The same asshat that I quoted, David Shor, said that property is just a government-created social construct that exists for utilitarian purposes. This shows the fundamental moral bankruptcy of left-wing thinking. All morality is convention and utility. There is no transcendental morality except where individual leftists get squeamish about declaring something conventional or based on utility; we’ve seen that in practice leftist movements have no problem unleashing incredibly savage violence.

  36. #36 |  Contrarian | 

    If you click through to the link provided by Neil (#6) you’ll see that in the case the system more or less worked. Of particular note, in the civil case the cops refused to turn over the video of the incident, and learned that the rules of procedure are different in criminal and civil cases, and that they had effectively forfeited their case by doing so. At that point, having already lost, the only thing they could gain by settling was a confidentiality agreement, and I’m sure that the taxpayers would be pleased to learn that their town was essentially paying to keep the malfeasance of their police department under wraps.

    A commenter on the settlement story raises the issue of whether it is legal for a government to enter into such a confidentiality agreement given open records laws. I don’t know the answer, but certainly the taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent.

    The only aspect of this case that doesn’t seem to have worked out is that there is no evidence the deputy felt any personal consequences. Counter to what this blog sometimes leave you believing, pretty much every police department has effective discipline, otherwise they could never keep those meat-heads in line. They just don’t like public scrutiny or oversight. So it’s entirely possible that this guy’s boss sees what a F-up this whole thing was and has made life tough for him.

  37. #37 |  Contrarian | 

    “The sad thing is if that cop had waited and followed those two cyclists I have no doubt they would have broken any number of laws they could have legitimately been ticketed or arrested for. Just follow them long enough and they will likely have rolled through a stop sign eventually. ”

    I think that was the basis of the dissent in the Terry case, that if you follow anyone long enough they’ll eventually commit some infraction.

  38. #38 |  MacGregory | 

    Unless something has changed since the last time I was there (80s), Lawrence County, OH is a dry county. Shouldn’t these goons be out bustin’ up some stills or something?

  39. #39 |  perlhaqr | 

    NASA discovers planet with two suns.

    And you thought Phoenix was hot.

  40. #40 |  SJE | 

    re: cyclists.
    I agree that cyclists should obey the law and be considerate of others, especially in crowded conditions. There is a minority that is particularly bad.

    On the other hand, there are too many instances of cyclists doing everything right, and following all the laws, and the law fails to protect them. (The big thing in DC biking right now is a video of a driver who veers into a cyclist and forces him to fall.) A lot of the attitude I see in cyclists stems from a realistic fear of being crushed by some idiot driver: e.g. riding aggressively, not stopping at stop signs, etc. Its like the people in cities carrying weapons for their own protection: against the law, but stems from a real fear. I am not condoning it, merely explaining why people do what they do.

    The solution needs to be, in my opinion, better enforcement of traffic laws (cyclists too), and making it easier to punish reckless drivers, not just those who hit the magic 0.08 BAC.

  41. #41 |  tarran | 

    I lived in Ohio for a time, and my bicycle sat in the garage after a few aborted rides.

    I had people try to run me off the road every time. A friend was even attacked by an elderly couple who threw a plastic bottle at his head from behind as they passed him. Then they called the police on him and tried to accuse him of assault.

    Alot of the car drivers were truly deranged out there.

  42. #42 |  Ted S. | 

    Regarding the video (gah, I hate links to videos when it’s not obvious you’er getting sent to a site like Youtube) metal-based life, I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned the Horta yet. ;-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_in_the_Dark

  43. #43 |  Tolly | 

    @bikes – I ride with a lot of groups in the south here too, and yeah, there’s lots of cyclists who disregard the right of way, crosswalks, etc. Although we also have a ton of drivers who are violently antagonistic that, god forbid, you want to take a bike somewhere. And there’s a large amount of hit and runs where the losing side is a biker.

    Bikes occupy a semi-grey area, since we can operate them on the sidewalk, and in the street and legally fall somewhere in between pedestrian and auto. But it’s no excuse for running a light or plowing through people in a crosswalk. It makes more sense to prudently obey the law – just like you can get away with jaywalking but shouldn’t go trying it when there’s rush-hour traffic on a freeway. If you’re going to take the risk then be prepared to pay a higher price – i.e. ending up as someone’s hood ornament.

  44. #44 |  SJE | 

    @Tolly: but what about all those who obey the law and get killed and nothing happens. A few weeks ago a woman was riding on a bike path, with a helmet, front and back lights, at 9pm. A driver left the road and ran her over. People getting killed walking in a marked cross walk, or with the light. etc. There are so many cases like that and the law only seems to care if the driver hit the magic 0.08 BAC.

  45. #45 |  Les | 

    #33 There is no transcendental morality except where individual leftists get squeamish about declaring something conventional or based on utility; we’ve seen that in practice leftist movements have no problem unleashing incredibly savage violence.

    I don’t think it’s as much about left/right ideology as much as authoritarianism. The only transcendental morality for authoritarians is whatever serves authority the best. This behavior is seen on the left and right in equal proportions.

  46. #46 |  Timothy | 

    Also terrifying about the cop v bikes article is the following:

    “Before this case I was not very familiar with bicycles and just the controversy between the bicycle situation and the thing and I’ve researched it and stuff and, you know, from what I can gather, as long as they are traveling the speed limit and they’re not impeding traffic, there’s not traffic behind them, then they wouldn’t be impeding traffic or if the cars can safely pass them, then they wouldn’t be impeding traffic, and in the case of up north of Troutwood [sic] it actually goes to the point that the judge is the one to determine who was-whether or not a bicycle was impeding traffic. So I guess it’s a-you would normally just write a ticket and the judge would decide if they was impeding traffic. I don’t know.”

    This semiliterate has the authority to beat and taze people? WTF?

  47. #47 |  Tolly | 

    @ SJE – oh, i know. The police tend to treat those cases around here like a moving violation. There’s numerous hit & runs where the cyclist is killed and the cops just sorta move on or back-burner it.

    Also absurd is the idea that I can get a DUI on a bike. I’d think a cop would be willing to give a drunken cyclist a pass, not a citation.

  48. #48 |  Hugh Akston | 

    Metal-based life?

    Old story. I’ve known Warty for years.

  49. #49 |  yonemoto | 

    There are four F’s

    There is side boob in the original:

    http://www.pearsonhighered.com/samplechapter/0205427235.pdf

    Luckily, I work in a bio lab, so for me it’s not NSFW.

  50. #50 |  Todd P | 

    I agree with previous posters who deplore the obnoxious attitude of the officer in the bicycle story. And it’s disappointing to hear yet another account of the lack of police understanding of bicycle laws. But what a shame that the cyclists didn’t react differently to the situation. By their own account it was clear that the officer was upset. The resolution would certainly have been quite different if they had stopped and talked to the officer instead of riding on and yelling back at him. Why give an obviously angry authority figure an opportunity to misinterpret your actions?

  51. #51 |  Eric Northman | 

    On the bike thing, I woulda just pulled over, taken the ticket, and moved on. Then you can protest the ticket later. Unfortunately, from reading this blog regularly, I think it’s never a good idea to get into an argument with a cop. In fact, as many readers have said, the less you say to a cop, the better. Never argue your case on the street. With all that said, it is pretty bizarre that the cop’s solution in this case was to actually try to run the cyclists off the road.

  52. #52 |  Russ 2000 | 

    And the bicyclists also get money…

    Hopefully the cops learned a bit about bike laws.

    Yeah, but it’s taxpayer money.

    This is where I think people get pissed off. We’ll never get it, but we’ll never be satisfied until police wrong-doing is a criminal offense rather than a civil offense. It’s ridiculous that the cyclists, who harmed no one, faced criminal charges while the officer who DID harm someone only faced civil charges.

    Society keeps ramping up mistakes in judgment by the citizenry into criminal offenses; back when they were civil offenses the citizens and the police were “even”. Now it’s blatantly uneven and tilted in the favor of police. We either need to knock these cases against the citizenry back to civil offense at worst OR jack up the cases against the officers to criminal. I’d even let the police choose.

  53. #53 |  Steve Verdon | 

    I think it is safe to say that Alyssa Rosenberg went full retard on that one.

  54. #54 |  c andrew | 

    @SJE

    I used to ride a bike 12 miles to work and back so I’m fairly careful as a driver around cyclists.

    However I’ve had to “interactions” with cyclists that indicate there are some real idiots out there.

    In one case, I’m on “freight row” which is a street that has no street lights. I’m about to pull through the intersection when I see *something* occlude hotel lights that are about a mile away. I brake suddenly and then I see a bicyclist come into the corona of my headlights. He’s riding a bike, without reflectors, and is wearing navy blue or black clothing at 4:00 am. And he starts screaming at me to “watch where the F**K you’re driving.” I tell him to shut the f**k up and if he wants, we can call a cop and see who he thinks is the problem.

    The other is where I’m approaching a green light that has been in my favor for about 15 seconds. I notice movement out of the corner of my eye; the cross street approaches at an acute angle instead at 90 degrees and this cyclist blows through the intersection. I have to lock the brakes up and almost get rear-ended by the car behind me. The cyclist? Well, he gives me the middle finger as he blows through the intersection against the light.

    So I never assume, in car vs bike, that the driver is automatically at fault. Sometimes the cyclist rolled the dice one too many times and lost.

  55. #55 |  Rojo | 

    “And you thought Phoenix was hot.”

    Actually, the planet in question is thought by astronomers to be very, very cold. “The world known as Kepler-16b is a huge, gaseous planet, about the size of Saturn, and its temperature is at least 100°F below zero,” according to Time.

    Can we stop conflating all “lefties” with progressives? Especially the douchebag progressives of ThinkProgress. This lefty (libertarian) who was utterly disgusted with Kelo will thank you.

    Also, can we stop conflating all bicyclists with the douchebags that don’t reasonably abide by the traffic codes. Some woman in an SUV almost ran me over in a crosswalk the other day when the little walking dude was telling me I could walk, yapping on her cell phone, no less. Yet I don’t go around saying saying stupid stuff like: “Motorists are assholes… I hope more cops start putting them in their place.”

    Finally, even if those two bicyclists were douchegags that didn’t abide by the traffic codes, just for the sake of argument, as I don’t think they were, that cop is clearly still an aggressive ass-hat who should be out of a job and perhaps even charged with some crimes.

  56. #56 |  emerson | 

    @#39 They say it’s a dry heat.

  57. #57 |  Rojo | 

    “douchebags,” not “douchegags.” D’oh!

    Also, thought I’d mention that the lady was making a left hand turn through a red light and a cop was up the street, watched the incident, and then looked at me and shrugged. I guess he couldn’t be bothered.

  58. #58 |  Rojo | 

    ….and, amen to this: “Here’s to hoping Lee Cronin isn’t the guy that invents the grey goo that kills us all.”

  59. #59 |  SJE | 

    c andrew: I completely agree. Blowing throw a red light and riding without lights are my pet peeves. Not only very dangerous to themselves, but to others who have to make sudden maneuvers.

    #50 Eric: from the story, the cyclists thought it was just the usual abuse from a d-bag driver and was not a clear directive to pull over.

  60. #60 |  EH | 

    ToddP@50: It’s the officer’s responsibility to maintain a professional demeanor. If he can’t do that then he is a bad cop and should quit in order to preserve the honor of the force.

  61. #61 |  steve | 

    About the Bicyclists, I can understand that a cop doesn’t know every law, but don’t they have computers in their cars now? Can’t they just look up the relevant law.

  62. #62 |  homeboy | 

    I just wanted to add an anecdote or two to the “Cars v. Bicyclists” discussion here. Several years ago I was a lecturer at Arizona State University, and found the town so conveniently laid out that I rarely drove an automobile. I commuted virtually everywhere on my bike, putting in an average of about thirty miles per day. One day I was riding down the road west of campus when some asshole came up alongside of me and began (profanely) ordering me off the road. I told him to fuck off and continued riding until I stopped at the next intersection, where I noticed a Tempe cop sitting in his cruiser, parked and looking over some paperwork at the side of the road. The clown stopped alongside me at the intersection and resumed shouting obscenities at me. He began waving a semi-automatic handgun in the air, screaming that he was going to “put a fucking cap in [my] head” if I didn’t start obeying him. I turned toward the cop and saw him staring at the armed buffoon and I, so I pointed at the weapon and called out, “Hey!” The punk, who apparently had not seen the cop, took one look at him, panicked, and sped through the intersection on a red light.

    Thinking that this little bastard was sure to get his, I was shocked to see that the cop did not stir even the slightest. I pointed up the road and shouted to him, “I can still see him, you can still catch him,” but the cop continued to sit there, idly and impassively. I turned the corner and came to a position apposing him, and asked, “What the Hell is going on?” The cop tersely replied, “Beat it!” and rolled up his window. He remained completely dispassionate and insouciant to what he had just witnessed as he returned his attention to chewing his cud (or, doughnut, as the case may be).

    On another occasion I was hit by an old man in a pickup truck, who glared at me and flipped me off as he drove away. On numerous others I was pelted with garbage, run off the road, pinned to curbs, struck with rocks and sticks, loudly heckled and menaced with horns, and generally abused by motorists in practically every manner conceivable. I still have a scar on my right shoulder from the time a woman pulled out in front of me at point blank range as I was traveling at approx. 30mph on a broad, sunlit street, forcing me to veer behind her and crash into the curb. I must be indestructible, or very close to it, for the good people of Tempe, Phoenix, and Chandler, Arizona, tried their utmost to kill me for several years, and yet somehow I survived.

    Bicyclists are exposed to extreme hazards and discourtesy whenever they take to the roads, regardless of whether they engage in any form of ill behavior or not. The only instances of me ever riding my bike erratically occurred while taking evasive action against being killed by the actions of an errant motorist. I realize there are a number of bikers out there who are real assholes, but that does not really define the problem. The problem ultimately arises from the fact that many people do not wish to respect the people with whom they must share the world (or road), and will take advantage of any and every opportunity to behave as bullies. It does not matter if the corresponding party happens to be a bicyclist, a motorist, or perhaps a customer service person on the other end of a phone line, these folks seem to be on a constant lookout for easy targets to abuse.

  63. #63 |  Windy | 

    “Metal-based life?”
    Here comes the Borg, or will it be the AI in “Terminator”, whichever, this is a BAD, BAD idea.

  64. #64 |  a_random_guy | 

    I agree wholeheartedly with both “c andrew” and “homeboy”. I bicycle to work part of the time, and fortunately have had relatively few problems with motorists.

    As a bicyclist, I expect other bicyclists to obey the traffics laws. Part of the resentment car drivers feel stems from those cyclist who give the rest of a bad name.

    Two examples:

    Where I live, bicycles are *not* allowed on sidewalks, and *not* allowed to use pedestrian crossings (unless you are walking your bike). No, you cannot be a car one second and then suddenly pretend to be a pedestrian, just because the traffic light is red, but the pedestrian signal is green.

    Far more irritating (and scary): The main road near my house has a bicycle lane on each side of the road. I estimate that about 1/3 of bicyclists on this road cannot be bothered to go over to the correct side – they ride the wrong way on this incredibly busy main street. This can get really exciting when two bicyclists meet head-on, with cars whizzing by in the next lane.

  65. #65 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Cops and bikes: Really important that everyone understand EVERY COP behaves this way when confronted with a citizen that doesn’t immediately cower in fear at their command. EVERY. COP.

    Fuck them all.

  66. #66 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    That Zombie porn bunker is fantastic news. Think about it. I can get food, warmth, and water after the apoky. But damn, I will seriously be missing porn.

    They are doing god’s work.

  67. #67 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    ThinkProgress blogger:
    I’d express concern if Alan Ball was going to make, say, a Bayard Rustin biopic, or Zack Snyder was going to tackle a realistic movie about the Iraq War.

    Hipster make Hulk want to smash!

  68. #68 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    @#62 Homeboy,
    As a cyclist I can attest to similar treatment.

    Kids do the darndest things: One day a fellow cyclist showed up to my house in a brand new 1984 F-150 (we were both 18). Some guy had stopped to “kick his faggot ass” while he was cycling. He ducked a punch and sprinted straight toward the truck and quickly exchanged a junky Schwinn for the redneck’s new truck…which ended up at the bottom of the local rock quarry (I wasn’t there for that part).

    For the drivers here that are anti-bike: you have to question your humanity if you willingly put someone’s life in danger because they cause you to tap your brake or aren’t following rules like you think they should. You might have what it takes to be a cop.

  69. #69 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    Yes.

    Life can ABSOLUTELY be made of metal.

  70. #70 |  supercat | 

    #64 | a_random_guy | “No, you cannot be a car one second and then suddenly pretend to be a pedestrian, just because the traffic light is red, but the pedestrian signal is green.”

    Is there anything improper about a cyclist dismounting and walking his bicycle across a road to take advantage of a green pedestrian signal? I fully recognize that riding across would not be kosher, but would regard as a pedestrian a person who has dismounted and is walking with his bicycle.

  71. #71 |  CharlesWT | 

    If a cyclist has a clear view and traffic is light, it can be safer for all concerned, but not legal or politic, to do a rolling stop through an intersection rather than come to a complete stop.

  72. #72 |  c andrew | 

    yonemoto,

    The Left is gone section of the pdf you referred us to reminds me of a story my sister, who works in a rehab center for stroke victims, related to us.

    They had to take the phone out of one patient’s room at night because she was suffering from left-side dissociation and would call the police every night because “someone was in bed with her.” The person who was in bed with her was, of course, her dissociated left side and she could not wrap her mind around the fact that it was in fact herself that was in bed with her.

  73. #73 |  John Q. Galt | 

    “SEXAGON MODULE”

    I lulzed.

  74. #74 |  John Q. Galt | 

    And yeah, the joke usually uses “sex” for the twist. It’s the adult swim version of the Three Rs grade skool word play.

  75. #75 |  Stick | 

    When I was 14 my fantasies were usually about pretty girls taking their clothes off and inviting me to have my way with them. Now I’m 51 and I fantasise about there being a whole lot less police in the world. Funny how time changes your priorities.

  76. #76 |  Medicine Man | 

    Wow, I think the only thing missing from that bicycle/cop story is the cop going full Cartman and screaming at the cyclist to “respect his authoritah”.

  77. #77 |  John C. Randolph | 

    I think it is safe to say that Alyssa Rosenberg went full retard on that one.

    Went?

    -jcr

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