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saw a Serious Biker the other morning…

…all clad in Spandex and helmet…  southbound on MD 197, merrily
blowing through the red light at the intersection of MD 450.  Had I not
looked to my left at just the right instant I would have assumed he was
going to stop (I was turning right from EB 450 to SB 197, which is a
little mini-ramp) and not adjusted my speed to miss him… and he
probably would have been all pissed at the "rude, inconsiderate
motorist" who almost ran into his non-law-abiding dumb ass…

It’s amazing that more people don’t die every day the amount of stupid
shit I see them doing.


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Re: Fireworks Are Even More Dangerous Than You Think

Scott en Aztlán wrote:
> Letting your kids play in the street is never a good idea. Letting
> your kids play with illegal fireworks isn’t too bright, either. But
> the combination can be deadly.

> KTLA’s top story this morning is a tragic one: in two separate
> incidents, two young children, who were setting off fireworks in the
> middle of the street, were struck and killed by automobiles.

> The parents of those kids should be charged with negligent homicide.
> They should also be forced to pay restitution to the two drivers for
> physical damage to their vehicles and emotional trauma.

Did they scratch your paint?

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Re: Hope You're Wearing Your Depends, Aunt Judy

Scott en Aztlán wrote:
> Hope you got your Depends on, Aunt Judy, ‘cuz this is gonna make you
> crap your pants. :)

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDRTKX8eYb4

Nice. Reminds me I need to record a few of my own with my webcam and
laptop like last year. :-) I just need to figure out a better mount for
the cam.


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Fatal Freeway Entrance Of A Motorcycle……………caught on tape

The lowsides on a curve into the path of an SUV. A motorcyclist takes a
fatal entrance approach onto a freeway. He is probably dead or in a

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It's Started – Global Warming Hysteria to Bankrupt World

Here’s one of the 1st salvos in turning the common man into a pauper via all
the extra expense of paying for the unachievable goal of handling the supposed
global warming crisis:


The euro states are going to price themselves out of everything while trying to
"do something" about GW – this one will double some airline fares, but its only
just the 1st shot of the war…

Dave Head

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Re: I Beat A Pedalcyclist Today

In article <gk2pa2h6v5qtdklg2fk57nlff9iqrt0…@4ax.com>, Scott en Aztlán wrote:
> I was first in line at a red light. A serious pedalcyclist (i.e. not
> some overweight, out-of-shape couch potato out for a joyride, but a
> serious athlete), complete with skin-tight spandex pants and a yellow
> shirt with sponsors’ logos all over it, came up in the bike lane next
> to me. He stopped his bike completely inside the intersection, with
> his back tire in front of the crosswalk (pedalcyclists often do this
> as a courtesy, as it allows automobile drivers to use the bike lane to
> turn right on red).

Said outfit means nothing. I don’t wear such clothing. Some years back
when I still rode a POS, heavy bike I rutinely had guys dressed like
that decide to race me. They never won.  

> When the light turned green, I accelerated as I normally do – no
> dumping the clutch, no wheelspin, just my standard, non-Slothful
> launch – and beat him across the intersection by at least two
> carlengths.

I’ve had corvette drivers accelerate hard, reving engine, a little wheel
spin, etc to prove their car was faster than my bicycle.

That aside, normal acceleration with a motor vehicle should beat a
bicyclist… However many people are sloths and actually slow me down
while biking.

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Re: When we had a REAL president: How Ike stopped Mex illegal border crossings

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George Washington Admirer wrote:
> July 06, 2006 edition –
> http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0706/p09s01-coop.html

> How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico

> By John Dillin

> George W. Bush isn’t the first Republican president to face a
> full-blown immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.

> Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into
> the White House, America’s southern frontier was as porous as a
> spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and
> waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California,
> Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

> President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly
> and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents –
> less than one-tenth of today’s force. The operation is still highly
> praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.

> Although there is little to no record of this operation in Ike’s
> official papers, one piece of historic evidence indicates how he felt.
> In 1951, Ike wrote a letter to Sen. William Fulbright (D) of Arkansas.
> The senator had just proposed that a special commission be created by
> Congress to examine unethical conduct by government officials who
> accepted gifts and favors in exchange for special treatment of private
> individuals.

> General Eisenhower, who was gearing up for his run for the presidency,
> said "Amen" to Senator Fulbright’s proposal. He then quoted a report in
> The New York Times, highlighting one paragraph that said: "The rise in
> illegal border-crossing by Mexican ‘wetbacks’ to a current rate of more
> than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious
> relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the
> farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the
> Federal Government."

> Years later, the late Herbert Brownell Jr., Eisenhower’s first attorney
> general, said in an interview with this writer that the president had a
> sense of urgency about illegal immigration when he took office.

> America "was faced with a breakdown in law enforcement on a very large
> scale," Mr. Brownell said. "When I say large scale, I mean hundreds of
> thousands were coming in from Mexico [every year] without restraint."

> Although an on-and-off guest-worker program for Mexicans was operating
> at the time, farmers and ranchers in the Southwest had become dependent
> on an additional low-cost, docile, illegal labor force of up to 3
> million, mostly Mexican, laborers.

> According to the Handbook of Texas Online, published by the University
> of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Historical Association, this
> illegal workforce had a severe impact on the wages of ordinary working
> Americans. The Handbook Online reports that a study by the President’s
> Commission on Migratory Labor in Texas in 1950 found that cotton
> growers in the Rio Grande Valley, where most illegal aliens in Texas
> worked, paid wages that were "approximately half" the farm wages paid
> elsewhere in the state.

> Profits from illegal labor led to the kind of corruption that
> apparently worried Eisenhower. Joseph White, a retired 21-year veteran
> of the Border Patrol, says that in the early 1950s, some senior US
> officials overseeing immigration enforcement "had friends among the
> ranchers," and agents "did not dare" arrest their illegal workers.

> Walt Edwards, who joined the Border Patrol in 1951, tells a similar
> story. He says: "When we caught illegal aliens on farms and ranches,
> the farmer or rancher would often call and complain [to officials in El
> Paso]. And depending on how politically connected they were, there
> would be political intervention. That is how we got into this mess we
> are in now."

> Bill Chambers, who worked for a combined 33 years for the Border Patrol
> and the then-called US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS),
> says politically powerful people are still fueling the flow of illegals.

> During the 1950s, however, this "Good Old Boy" system changed under
> Eisenhower – if only for about 10 years.

> In 1954, Ike appointed retired Gen. Joseph "Jumpin’ Joe" Swing, a
> former West Point classmate and veteran of the 101st Airborne, as the
> new INS commissioner.

> Influential politicians, including Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D) of Texas
> and Sen. Pat McCarran (D) of Nevada, favored open borders, and were
> dead set against strong border enforcement, Brownell said. But General
> Swing’s close connections to the president shielded him – and the
> Border Patrol – from meddling by powerful political and corporate
> interests.

> One of Swing’s first decisive acts was to transfer certain entrenched
> immigration officials out of the border area to other regions of the
> country where their political connections with people such as Senator
> Johnson would have no effect.

> Then on June 17, 1954, what was called "Operation Wetback" began.
> Because political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the
> roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through
> agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end
> of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another
> 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.

> By mid-July, the crackdown extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and
> Idaho, and eastward to Texas.

> By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an
> estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State
> voluntarily.

> Unlike today, Mexicans caught in the roundup were not simply released
> at the border, where they could easily reenter the US. To discourage
> their return, Swing arranged for buses and trains to take many aliens
> deep within Mexico before being set free.

> Tens of thousands more were put aboard two hired ships, the
> Emancipation and the Mercurio. The ships ferried the aliens from Port
> Isabel, Texas, to Vera Cruz, Mexico, more than 500 miles south.

> The sea voyage was "a rough trip, and they did not like it," says Don
> Coppock, who worked his way up from Border Patrolman in 1941 to
> eventually head the Border Patrol from 1960 to 1973.

> Mr. Coppock says he "cannot understand why [President] Bush let
> [today's] problem get away from him as it has. I guess it was his
> compassionate conservatism, and trying to please [Mexican President]
> Vincente Fox."

> There are now said to be 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the
> US. Of the Mexicans who live here, an estimated 85 percent are here
> illegally.

> Border Patrol vets offer tips on curbing illegal immigration
> One day in 1954, Border Patrol agent Walt Edwards picked up a newspaper
> in Big Spring, Texas, and saw some startling news. The government was
> launching an all-out drive to oust illegal aliens from the United
> States.

> The orders came straight from the top, where the new president, Dwight
> Eisenhower, had put a former West Point classmate, Gen. Joseph Swing,
> in charge of immigration enforcement.

> General Swing’s fast-moving campaign soon secured America’s borders –
> an accomplishment no other president has since equaled. Illegal
> migration had dropped 95 percent by the late 1950s.

> Several retired Border Patrol agents who took part in the 1950s effort,
> including Mr. Edwards, say much of what Swing did could be repeated
> today.

> "Some say we cannot send 12 million illegals now in the United States
> back where they came from. Of course we can!" Edwards says.

> Donald Coppock, who headed the Patrol from 1960 to 1973, says that if
> Swing and Ike were still running immigration enforcement, "they’d be on
> top of this in a minute."

> William Chambers, another ’50s veteran, agrees. "They could do a pretty
> good job" sealing the border.

> Edwards says: "When we start enforcing the law, these various
> businesses are, on their own, going to replace their [illegal]
> workforce with a legal workforce."

> While Congress debates building a fence on the border, these veterans
> say other actions should have higher priority.

> 1. End the current practice of taking captured Mexican aliens to the
> border and releasing them. Instead, deport them deep into Mexico, where
> return to the US would be more costly.

> 2. Crack down hard on employers who hire illegals. Without jobs, the
> aliens won’t come.

> 3. End "catch and release" for non-Mexican aliens. It is common for
> illegal migrants not from Mexico to be set free after their arrest if
> they promise to appear later before a judge. Few show up.

> The Patrol veterans say enforcement could also be aided by a legalized
> guest- worker program that permits Mexicans to register in their
> country for temporary jobs in the US. Eisenhower’s team ran such a
> program. It permitted up to 400,000 Mexicans a year to enter the US for
> various agriculture jobs that lasted for 12 to 52 weeks.

> · John Dillin is former managing editor of the Monitor.

> —
> http://www.predatoryaliens.com
> http://www.immigrationshumancost.org
> http://www.daylaborers.org
> http://www.newnation.com/index2.html
> "The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave" by Heather Mac Donald
> http://www.city-journal.org/html/14_1_the_illegal_alien.html
> http://idexer.com
> www.AmericanPatrol.com
> www.SaveOurState.org

Bush ranks as a midget in the pantheon of American Presidents.


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KRETP in Kansas

This is an open question to Laura Bush Killed Her Boyfriend.

Throughout Kansas I found the following road/sign configuration:

A highway with 1 lane in each direction adds an extra lane on the
right.  Immediately before the lane is added, a sign is posted: Keep
Right Except To Pass.  A mile or so later, the lanes merge together.

What would You do in that situation?  Please include your justification
for your action.

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Total Jeep Burn Out……………..not recommendable

I don’t know if this is planed this way, but to me it looks like this
guy is destroying his Jeep. They call it "Total Jeep Burn Out", but it
almost looks like Jeep Burn Up :

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Re: Driver on Indy Toll Road caught going 130 mph

> On Thu, 29 Jun 2006 12:38:24 -0400, "michael e dziatkowicz"
> <mn…@comcast.net> wrote:

> > According to the TollRoadNews a driver on the Indiana Toll Road was caught
> >on an off road gas station for going an average of 106 mph but up to 130 mph
> >on may 31st by using his toll ticket and determining his speed and travel
> >time between exits. He went 28 miles in 15 minutes and 51 seconds.
> >http://www.tollroadsnews.com/cgi-bin/a.cgi/Hh!H1PEWEdqcEYJ61nsxIA

> >First I think the court might throw out the reckless driving charge because
> >I don’t think they can determine speed based on a toll ticket.

Just cause you can’t do long division doesn’t mean they can’t. Lock
this killer up forever.

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