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Sunday, March 4th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  omar | 

    The entire purpose that we elect our public officials is to make decisions,” Day said. “To have some group say ‘Well, we want the decision to be set in stone constitutionally and no discretion of elected officials’ defeats the purpose of having a democratic process.”

    There’s a lot going on here.

  2. #2 |  Difster | 

    On the taxi story. Bloomington WHERE? There are 5 states that have a city of Bloomington. MN, IL, IN, TX, and CA.

    When are newspapers going to get it right? People visit the online version from all over the place, how hard would it have been for them to put the state after the name of the city?

    It turns out this one is Bloomington, IL. I had to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the site footer to see that. A small thing I know, but still, it would be helpful if they made it obvious.

  3. #3 |  tom | 

    @Difster, that is annoying. You frequently run across links the “East Podunk Sentinenal” or something and have no idea where it is.

  4. #4 |  Jay | 

    Radley, the first link for the aggressive pot raid (the first “Here”) merely links to the comments page. It doesn’t show the story, bizarrely. You may wish to correct that by deleting the “?viewmode=comments” portion of the link.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    How to build a speech jamming gun.

    I can attest to the fact that it is almost impossible to talk when you hear your words after a delay. The Navy had a voice crypto set where the side tone heard in the handset was replaced by the audio that passed through the entire encryption and decryption process and was therefore delayed. It would actually cause your tongue to tie itself in a knot.

  6. #6 |  Xenocles | 

    “Thank goodness we’re finally securing the border from the menace of high school valedictorians.”

    Does this really serve any point? For every would-be model citizen illegal immigrant we can point to, the other side can probably dig up a heinous criminal illegal immigrant. The bad examples are also easier to find because crime makes the news in a way that goodness never will. If this is an attempt at an emotional argument against deportation based on the quality of people the nation loses, it’s not going to be a winning one – the other side will play to fear and fear will beat admiration.

  7. #7 |  Bob | 

    Woman ticketed for resting her injured leg on the seat of a non-operational subway train.

    Nice! So it takes 3 worthless jackasses to go around filling their quota of tickets… and in the process, kicking people off trains in the middle of the fucking night.

    And then they wonder why no one respects them.

  8. #8 |  croaker | 

    Subway ticket: That ranks right up there with the crap I witnessed on the DC subway back in the late 80′s. A diabetic having a hypoglycemic incident was handed a $250 ticket for “eating on the subway” (taking glucose tablets). The worst part was the ticket was upheld at hearing and no news organ was interested in publishing the story.

    How times have changed.

  9. #9 |  Juice | 

    I always love the denial of permission to run or expand a business for the reason of “we’ve already got one.” If the market is “saturated” then the expansion will fail or a less desirable competitor will fail. This is one of the reason why health care costs are so high. Try to build a new hospital and you’re told, “we’ve already got one.” It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  10. #10 |  lolcat | 

    Train was operational, you should fix the headline.

  11. #11 |  pim FEE | 

    I have a special place in my heart for Colombians. There is no other country on earth that takes it to their commies (occupiers) like Colombia! Plus my girlfriend is Colombian. But! I think America letting in so many folks from other countries helps prop up shit governments. If you are the personalities type to have the guts to move to a new country, you are probably the kind of person to help bring down shitty rulers. We get good people mostly, but the old shithole country gets worse.

  12. #12 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Relating to all above police items,is this what you are paying for? Moronic at best. As to the saturation of a market,the players already IN the market will always claim such to protect themselves.How does competition hurt the consumer? Competition only hurts those who do not wish to go the extra mile to see the customer served well.

  13. #13 |  Cyto | 

    Croaker – the comments section was full of stories like this. Basically, if you are given a summons, you’ll be paying it. And don’t screw around complaining about it or it might morph into an arrest and criminal charges instead of civil violations. Another major faction of comments centered around the “what do you expect, this is how New York has always worked” – seemingly without irony or any desire for a different way of life.

  14. #14 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    WARNING: Don’t read the comments following that story about the Colombian high school valedictorian unless you want to utterly and irreversibly hate humanity (assuming you don’t already).

  15. #15 |  jb | 

    What does it mean to have a 6.7 GPA?

  16. #16 |  Chuchundra | 

    The thing is, the Subway ticket story is pretty much a non-story. That sort of thing happens all the time in NYC and nobody seems to care. I’m a little surprised that Gothamist even posted it.

    The NYPD has been like this for a while. They’re basically a law unto themselves. They make their own rules and get pretty upset when the people’s representatives try to tell them otherwise.

    But nobody cares, as far as I can tell. I don’t see any major public figure talking about how they need to get the police under control, no matter how many incidents there are in the paper. Even the citizen protests, such as they are, are pretty weak.

    For most people, a bogus fifty dollar ticket now and again isn’t worth getting worked up about. That’s the sad state of things.

  17. #17 |  Cynical in New York | 

    #14

    I’m pretty sure we can all guess the general thought processes is;

    1. Stole our jobs
    2. Welfare leech
    3. Refuses to assimilate

    and for the Buchanan-bots that read here
    - secret plot to kill all white people

    etc etc etc

    Such stories like that are sad. It also goes to show you that the welfare state is more to blame than the illegal is.

  18. #18 |  pim FEE | 

    Do you know what happens to undocumented Americans in say Canada and Panama and South Africa? I can’t stand this hate America no matter what stuff. The Democrat party through it’s control of the federal departments is looking the other way on immigration because they must keep the voters needing help and assistance.

  19. #19 |  Joshua | 

    Gotta love this one. New Orleans cops don’t have to pay traffic tickets because they incorrectly thought they didn’t have to:

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/03/new_orleans_forgives_all_old_t.html

  20. #20 |  albatross | 

    jb #15:

    Well, if we knew the last year a 4.0 was a perfect GPA, I think it means we could compute the annual rate of grade inflation.

  21. #21 |  Anthony | 

    Jb, albatross,
    In many schools nowadays, if a student takes AP or classes that count towards college credit they receive additional grade points because the AP classes are weighted.

  22. #22 |  Anthony | 

    pim FEE,

    Obama’s administration has deported more people than Bush’s.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/20/us-obama-immigration-idUSTRE78J05720110920

  23. #23 |  Frank Hummel | 

    “How to build a speech jamming gun.”

    Saw a gadget like that at the Science Museum in San Diego some years ago. You had read some text while turning knob that would decrease the delay between your voice and playback in the headset. It did get pretty bad at some point. The “gun” tho is kinda useless. Ear plugs, duh… Or, if you really wanna be high tech, use an ANR headset.

  24. #24 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Anthony, reason and facts just don’t count to some, probably most, people.

  25. #25 |  Deoxy | 

    How to build a speech jamming gun.

    I can attest to the fact that it is almost impossible to talk when you hear your words after a delay.

    Having been involved in phone conversations with a delay on the echo on several occasions, I can attest to the fact it takes less than 5 minutes to get over it and go on talking without a problem.

    This “speech jamming gun” is a party trick, nothing more.

  26. #26 |  pim FEE | 

    So Judas you’re saying Obama is really cracking down on illegals? I love guys like you that site reason as the answer to all, forgetting human nature and the natural urge to accumulate power that many of you too cool guys don’t really understand.

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