Right. But a government official committing a crime is not the same thing as
that same individual refusing to do his mandated duty. Usually there is no
penalty attached to the latter.
For example, suppose a county clerk refuses to issue a marriage license to a
legally-qualified couple. The couple can get a judge to order the clerk to
issue the license but cannot file criminal charges against that same public
That's not the case with the new Arizona law.
This kind of thing also gives the state one more excuse to stop people
to check them for other violations that the state can make money on by
issuing fines. Just like the other day when I was pulled over for not
using my turn signal. The cop even told me he was just trying to make
it look like he is keeping busy so he just took my driver's license
back to his car for about 5 minutes and let me go on my way with just
a verbal warning. I'm sure he stopped me hoping to find something
else I could be charged for.
I've noticed over the years that a number of wanted criminals were
captured after being stopped for refusing to dim their headlights.
I do believe that those of a criminal bent generally have a screw
you attitude when it comes to simple things like being considerate
of others. I wonder how many are caught because they light up in a
no smoking area?
Even in upright jurisdictions, a patrol officer is expected to make "x"
"citizen contacts" per shift (citation, warning ticket, DL check, etc.). If
the norm is, say, ten and an officer is hovering around the five mark, his
sergeant knows the officer is goofing off.
It's not so much a quota as a method of measuring proper activity.
For about two centuries, the folks in US havn't spoken
English. If you want a demo, go visit England, see if you
can communicate with the people there. You'll find that the
language is noticably different.
And just like there are multiple dialects of English, there are multiple
dialects of German. The various German-speaking countries can converse
in High German, but a tape recording in a diner in one area may be
totally unintelligible to people sitting in a diner in another area.
British English used to be the standard taught world-wide, but now that
the American media steam-roller has been in place so many years,
American slang can be heard world-wide. But a tape made in a Maine diner
would still likely draw puzzled looks down south or out west, much less
in the UK or down in Oz.
The same thing with Spanish. I use to have a cd of the band "Los
Lobos". At the time we were host family for a couple of minor league
baseball players from Venezuela. Some of the Los Lobos songs lyrics
were in Spanish so I played one of those songs for one of the
Venezuelan kids and asked him what the song was about. He said "I
don't know. I don't speak that language."
Yeah, living here in Central TX you learn that pretty quickly. <g>
I got Wilson Roofing (Austin). They did excellent work and they have the
reputation of being one of the best. There were a bunch of guys up there.
But there was a articulate and educated person there at all times. Started
at about 7am and ended about 7pm. Pro all the way. Cost a little more but
worth it. I highly recommend them.
Well, that's not impossible here in the Great White North (Michigan).
last roofing crew I had in were the usual bunch of scrawny
did a great job.
The concrete crew were scrawny, hung-over hillbillies, and they did a
The Nu-Wool insulation guys--I can't remember them very well because
I couldn't observe them very well. I think they were hillbillies of
Let's see: the guys who did the crawlspace lining were Hispanic (or
whatever the term du jour is), as were the two who planted the
willow tree. The tree looks like it's dying, but that's probably the
the clay soil.
Why all the hillbillies in Michigan? They or their fathers came up
good factory jobs that aren't there anymore.
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