The "magic" words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident ..." :)
You are correct in your suggestion.
The Declaration of Independence actually uses the term "unalienable":
"Unalienable": incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred."
"You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a
gift from the creator to the individual and can not under any
circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual's have unalienable
There is a legal/philosophical difference:
"Inalienable rights": Rights which are not capable of being surrendered
or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights.
"You can surrender, sell or transfer inalienable rights if you consent
either actually or constructively. Inalienable rights are not inherent
in man and can be alienated by government. Persons have inalienable
rights. Most state constitutions recognize only inalienable rights."
You can argue it all the way back to at least Aristotle and "natural
Ah, but there is an over-riding "right." You almost always have the right to
waive a right. Think of the Miranda warning.
I know of only one "right" that a defendant cannot waive. In Texas, a
suspect cannot waive a jury trial in a capital murder case, nor can he plead
guilty. That is, if indicted by a grand jury, the person MUST appear in a
trial where his guilt or innocence is determined by a jury.
We have a main drag in the middle of which are two turning lanes, one
for each direction. There is a clear, solid, double yellow line
separating the two. It is very common to see cars waiting to turn left,
on the wrong side of the double yellow line.
They are essentially driving on the wrong side of the road.
The other common idiotic occurrence is drivers who will turn onto the
road from a driveway or side street and pull into the turning lane and
just stop and wait for traffic to clear up so they can pull into the
We were taught that you could pull into the turning lane while
continuing to accelerate and merge into traffic when there was room.
I don't know when it because acceptable to simply park in the middle
of the street.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
And the application of a little common-sense that going by a
standing-line of traffic parked in the street when there's sufficient
clearance to make it easily doable is, at least where I'm from, common
sense when the letter of the rule results in impasse.
Sounds like the NC cops realize the reality as well...
As a single citizen, you see you have little pull about fixing this as
the police don't seem to care. What really has to happen is the bus
drivers do something. Like pull up behind the cars and block the road
in that direction until the parked cars move. That would finally get
some attention. Piss off everyone on the road and that gets media
attention and the crap start to trickle down.
I don't see the YMCA liable as they are just a place that the parents
are going to/from and are not condoning the practice.
Why haven't you contacted the YMCA and alert them
give them a link to your pictures.
If the cops won't I suspect the Y will.
Then if that doesn't stop it, send a link to the television studio new
dept. They love this stuff.
And if they don't keep those pics. You will be the guy that alerted
everyone and no one did a damn thing. Reminds you of 9-11 which is
Did this on day one. No result. i sent them a link to my web post today.
I contacted a reporter of a local rag. No reply.
I contacted the school district heads and they got their buses to stop
doing it. The YMCA is by far the largest violator.
I also contact the NC Dept of Public Safety. They said : "It's out of
our jurisdiction." They told me to climb the chain of command at the
local PD level. I started this today.
A few years back, I took an adult ed course at a public school. We
were warned about how bad the boys bathroom was. I saw it and it was
a disgrace and has been for a couple of years.
A letter to the editor was all it took. Evidently, the superintendent
of schools reads the morning paper and repairs were started that day.
I think the school has some responsibility and should get involved in a
better way to pick the kids up, so as not to block the street.
They could widen the shoulder to accomodate a lane to wait in allowing
thru traffic claer access
I'm betting that nothing will happen until someone is killed or
seriously injured and it results in a multimillion dollar lawsuit.
That seems to be the only thing gets most people off their butts these
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