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Re: “Reader: It's easier to blame the dead than to hold drivers accountable

"Also predictable: Victim blaming comments where we blame our fellow humans for daring to get around on two legs and not adding an extra mile to their journeys to get to a far-away crosswalk"

This attempt to rationalize unsafe and illegal behavior is just as m0r0n!c as when you posted it as a comment a few days ago.

If a person violates the law and gets hit, then yes, they are to blame. The fact that so many people don't see that is exactly why we have so many problems with people not wanting to be responsible for their own actions these days.

"plenty of intersections don't even have crosswalks. "

They do not need to have crosswalks to be a legal point to cross the road giving the pedestrian the right of way. Try reading the law. A pedestrian in a crosswalk OR at an intersection with an unmarked crosswalk and following the traffic signals has the right of way.

A pedestrian crossing at a point OTHER THAN a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection does not have the right of way and by law is required to yield to vehicle traffic. If a pedestrian crosses at any other place, they are in violation of the law. If they do so and get hit, they will get the ticket. If they do so at night while wearing dark, non-reflective clothing, then they have taken $tup!t!ty to a extremely high level.

It really isn't that hard to follow the rules -- rules that are there to help keep the pedestrians safe. If you can't follow the rules, then yes, not only are you to blame, but you are also an @$$h0le. Don't try to pass the buck for your own $tup!t!ty. You make the mistake, you own it.

As I posted before, many of the pedestrians and cyclists who have been hit and killed have been:
1) Not crossing in a cross walk or at an intersection
2) Crossing when the signals were red
3) Not wearing reflective clothing, lights, or white clothing at night
4) Outside the designated lane, or
5) Combinations of the above

I have seen too many people trying to cross roads like Platte, Academy, even Powers, at night, in the middle of the block, and wearing dark or camo clothing. And guess what, if a pedestrian gets hit being that incredibly idi0tic, they are the ones who will get the ticket (if they live), not the vehicle driver.

That is not to say that drivers don't also play a huge part in this. Far too many drivers are:
A) Speeding (speeding is a factor in between 80 and 90% of all crashes and is a direct cause in about 15 to 20%, plus it dramatically increases the amount of energy and therefore damage in a crash)
B) Distracted/not paying attention to driving (including texting or listening to headphones/earphones, both of which are illegal)
C) Running red lights
D) Cutting in and out of lanes
E) Drunk/high, or
F) Combinations of the above

Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists all need to do a better job on our streets. When I taught my kids to drive, one of the things I engrained in them were that it isn't enough to be a safe driver yourself, you need to be watching the other people on the roads as well.

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Posted by Odin on 12/07/2018 at 4:04 PM

Re: “A gas for liberty

"Trump claimed that agents had used a very minor form of tear gas on the migrants. That claim was debunked by his very own commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, who agreed with CNNs Chris Cuomos assertion that there is only one kind of tear gas, its standard law enforcement, there is no very minor form and its all the same."

Both McAleenan and Cuomos are incorrect. There are in fact over a dozen types of tear gas. And some are indeed stronger than others.
https://www.britannica.com/technology/tear…

But hey, never let facts get in the way of spinning a story in such a way as to incite outrage.

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Posted by Odin on 12/06/2018 at 12:17 PM

Re: “A gas for liberty

The Border Patrol used tear gas under Obama as well, but you hypocrites won't mention that.

The gas was only used in this case after multiple people had illegally forced their way through the fence.

Also, the infamous pic of the woman running with little kids from tear gas -- that was quite clearly staged. At one point in the background you can see people just milling around, cameramen and reporters talking to people, tri-pods set up, etc. and they are between the fence and where the woman and kids were. The picture was debunked within minutes of being posted.

It is amazing just how some of you folks are intentionally ignorant and willing to swallow lies from the press.

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Posted by Odin on 12/04/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Reader: An icon of church and war

"It is indeed an "icon" in the religious sense of that word and thus its existence as a government-sponsored church violates the concept of the separation of church and state. From the point of view of churches it makes them complicit in blessing all wars in which the U.S. becomes involved."

Just about everything you stated is absolute garbage and shows you don't know what you are talking about.

" And we should note that West Point and the Naval Academy survive without such an icon on their campuses."

You have absolutely no clue what you are talking about.

Head on over to www.usma.edu/chaplain/sitepages/cadet%20ch… which is one of 7 such chapels on West Point.

Or for the Naval Academy, try https://www.usna.edu/Chaplains/virtualTour… which is one of 5 csuch chapels there.

Go home Bill, you're drunk.

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Posted by Odin on 12/03/2018 at 1:37 PM

Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

"According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary,"

As Merriam-Webster will tell you, they do not document technical definitions, they document popular useage. If you get enough people to call an adjustable open-end wrench a "petunia", Merriam-Webster will make an entry for it that way even though we all know that a petunia is a flower, not a wrench.

"Some people believe that a country calling itself a democracy must be engaged in direct (or pure) democracy, in which the people of a state or region vote directly for policies, rather than elect representatives who make choices on their behalf. "

As mentioned before, there are pure AKA "direct" democracies and there are representative democracies. Neither is a republic. There are fundamental diffences between democracies besides being representative or not. Merriam-Webster choses to only focus on the aspect of being representative because that is what has become popular to use.


Again, republics are rule by law. Laws are voted on, but then issues are settled by the laws. Republics are representative. Republics have an executive position that is not a monarch and the executive has powers to do things like set policies, approve laws, perform appointments, enforce laws, and lead the nation.

Democracies are rule by vote. Every issue is voted on. Democracies can be direct OR (EMPHASIS ADDED) representative. Democracies do not have an executive position.

Posted by Odin on 11/28/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “CSPD lacks consistent data on traffic fatalities, but some patterns appear

The thing is the victims often ARE to blame. That some people refuse to accept responsibility for their $tup!d decisions is one of the problems facing our society. An intersection does not need to have a marked crosswalk to be a legally valid crossing area where the pedestrian has the right of way. A pedestrian crossing at a point OTHER THAN a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection does not have the right of way and by law is required to yeild to vehicle traffic. If a pedestrian crosses at any other place, they are in violation of the law. If they do so and get hit, they will get the ticket. If they do so at night while wearing dark, non-reflective clothing, then they have taken $tup!t!ty to a extremely high level.

BOTTOM LINE: It isn't that that hard to follow the rules -- rules that are there to help keep the pedestrians safe. If you can't follow the rules, then yes, you are to blame.

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Posted by Odin on 11/28/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

rightsavage is correct, we are definitely NOT a democracy. We are a constitutional federal republic.

I know a lot of people have been told that a representative democracy and a republic are the same thing, but that is incorrect.

Republics are rule by law. Laws are voted on, but then issues are settled by the laws. Republics are representative. Republics have an executive position that is not a monarch and the executive has powers to do things like set policies, approve laws, perform appointments, enforce laws, and lead the nation.

Democracies are rule by vote. Every issue is voted on. Democracies can be direct or representative. Democracies do not have an executive position.

Our founding fathers took some of the best practices of many different governments, such as bicameral chambers, a triumvirate between the branches, a social contract in the Constitution, some principles from a democracy, and the form of a republic.

Democracies are "mob-ocrasies".

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Posted by Odin on 11/27/2018 at 12:15 PM

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