Police Union May Boycott 49ers Over Kaepernick

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Cops are threatening to go on strike over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem.

The Santa Clara police union, offended by Kaepernick’s continuing decision to not stand for the anthem in protest of police brutality, sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers saying that doing nothing about their incorrigible player “could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.” Apparently, in addition to forcing the public to pay for their services or face arrest, Santa Clara police also demand their steadfast devotion. [Read more…]

Traffic Deaths Hit Record High As Hands-Free Laws Fail

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Traffic deaths in the United States are at a 50-year high, despite a host of government efforts to the contrary.

According to data released by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year’s road deaths rose by 7.2% to an awful total of 35,092, more than the population of some cities. These stats hold true across all affected groups, including cyclists and pedestrians.

Nationwide hands-free laws have had the opposite effect

This spike in deaths has come at a time when 46 of the 50 United States have enacted texting-while-driving bans to cut back on distracted driving. Intended to disincentivize drivers from using their phones in ways that could put themselves, and other drivers, at increased risk of collision, the continuing increase in fatalities may be because drivers have simply shifted the location of their phones out of public view, arguably a much more dangerous position with far more limited road visibility. This remains a classic example of legislating a desired outcome without factoring in a basic understanding of the human behavioral patterns involved.

Police going to increasingly ridiculous lengths for “public safety”

In order to enforce these ineffective safety regulations, police have taken to some truly bizarre methods. Over the course of a five-day sting operation, police in Somersworth, New Hampshire posed as homeless and religious evangelists at stoplights, holding attention-grabbing signs and ticketing drivers who took a picture with their phones. It’s important to note that not only were the drivers at stoplights (and therefore not a danger to anyone), but were deliberately lured into using their phones where they otherwise may have had no intention to do so (which can be considered entrapment). Another fine example of wasting taxpayer money to enforce a pointless law in even more pointless ways.

NH Cops Crack Down on Car Charity, Weed Garden

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New Hampshire police have been busy cracking down on all kinds of dangerous criminals, notably a charity garage and an old man’s impressive garden of cannabis plants.

The Good News Garage, a charity program that recycles cars for the needy, has had to suspend operations in Manchester due to a lack of a used car dealer license. This lack of a license is nothing new, as Good News Garage has operated there without one for the past decade. Only now did the issue come up at a council meeting, ending charity’s 10-year reign of paperwork-less terror.

It’s worth noting that the Good News Garage is a government-funded program, and as such, guilty of a good deal of waste. Still, while ending a wasteful government program is always a good thing, doing so to a charity program over a long-overlooked paperwork issue seems a little ridiculous. [Read more…]

Austin Comes After Free Enterprise…Again

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The city of Austin, Texas is once again trying to crush free enterprise.

Fresh off the heels of forcing out Uber and Lyft with onerous regulations, Austin has come after Arcade City, the decentralized ride-sharing competitor that has moved in to fill the void.

On Friday July 15th, Austin PD sent a detail of officers to assist in ticketing Christopher David, Arcade City’s founder, at the co-working space from where he was running operations in the city (via a Facebook group where drivers arrange free rides, while passengers are encouraged to tip). Fortunately, David was not present (in the city, state, or even country) to receive the Class C misdemeanor gift, a charge for operating a ride-sharing company without proper paperwork, though he did have some harsh words city officials: [Read more…]

A Horse Is a Horse

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A horse is a horse, of course of course
Unless that horse is a tool of the state.
In which case this poor creature has been forced
for consent it cannot communicate.

Its rider sitting atop its back,
the horse think it’s just giving a ride
To the nice men who feed it out back
in the stables where the horse resides.

The horse knows not what’s going on
that its rider is in fact an enforcer
Wielding his badge, pistol and baton
to impose his interpretation of order.

Horses were meant to gallop and play
be petted, cared for and loved
Not to be used in this unnatural way
To look down on people from above. [Read more…]

The 5,000-Life Question

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi

The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the point of no return.

With horror stories about police misconduct abounding, law enforcement’s reputation is taking a mighty beating (pun absolutely intended). From the murder of Eric Garner and the targeting of the man who filmed the incident, to Walter Scott’s murder and attempted police coverup, to even petty incidents such as Philadelphia cops vindictively targeting college kids after losing a basketball game, the case against law enforcement is steadily growing. Add that to the more that 5,000 civilians killed by cops since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it’s easy to see why more and more people are viewing the police’s very existence as a net negative. [Read more…]