On 19 Apr 2004 17:42:35 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self) wrote:
Yeah, just think. If all laws had a sunset provision the legislatures would be so
bogged down re-inacting old stupidities they
wouldn't have time to enact new stupidities. Oh, well, I suppose we can always dream.
Wichita, KS USA
On 19 Apr 2004 17:42:35 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
|Tim Douglass responds:
|>>: And in Oregon it's against the law to flash your lights at someone to|>>: either get them to move over or to get them to dim their lights.
|>>Now that's a stupid law!
|>As I understand it, the law was enacted to prevent people from|>flashing their lights to warn oncoming motorists of a speed trap - the|>other things are just side effects of badly written legislation.
To get from my house into the city I have to drive through Saguaro
National Park. The road is a winding, up and down, two-lane road with
lots of blind curves. The park actually expanded to include the road,
which is basically a commuter route. Nevertheless, it is a national
park and visitors are often gawking and otherwise lollygagging,
bicyclists are bicycling, walkers are walking, etc. while others are
late for work.
We "Friends of the Park" often flash our lights to warn oncoming
traffic about some hazard or another. Just makes sense to tip off the
unwary. 'Course it works the same when the park ranger is on patrol
|>I might add that I don't think it is actually enforced, either.
|There are literally thousands of these asinine laws on the books, some funny,
|most just moronic...but capable of great twisting at the hands of authorities
|who lack moral tone. Such laws should automatically be phased out after xxx
|years. Maybe 5?
Even better would be a rule that in order to enact a new law they have
to rescind two old ones.
Can you imagine how deeply the congresscritters would be digging into
old laws to find those that they could eliminate without actually giving
up any power? I can imagine deep mining into the congressional archives
to find laws restricting how one hitches their horse. That would work
for a little while, then they'd really have to start trimming real laws.
(Ah well, one can dream).
And after a time, they'd have to abolish the abolishment law to keep from
abolishing the few laws that shouldn't be abolished.
"Ambidextrous, adj.: Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a
left." Ambrose Bierce
In Robert Heinlein's "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", the protagonists
have just staged a revolution and are trying to decide on a new
IIRC, one of them suggests that they have one body that creates new
laws by a 75% majority vote, while another body does nothing but
rescind laws by a 66% vote.
I just love this idea.
Please remove the spamtrap to email me.
May have also been enacted because (at least as they taught in
drivers' ed many years ago) flashing one's lights to get someone to dim
their lights might blind the idiot with their brights on and cause them
to lose control.
As they told us, two blind fools don't make for safe driving.
A quick flash, up and down, though, shouldn't really blind an oncoming driver
unless he's in the advanced stages of cataract formation, at which time any
glare is blinding.
"Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a
pleasure." Ambrose Bierce
Then there was one of my "pet peeves" when still driving truck - - the PDOT!
Seems they, in their infinite wisdom, while reworking the Northeast
extension of the PA Turnpike(Philadelphia to Scranton) decided to replace
the old steel guardrails between the lanes with your standard concrete
construction dividers, EXCEPT - - instead of the standard height ones, they
made them about 55" high. This is just dandy for all those brain dead idjits
driving up & down the road with their high beams on, as they don't bother
each other at all. But, they sure do blind trucks going the other way, and
you can flash yor high beams all night long, they never even see it because
those lovely high dividers prevent them from even knowing it!
The first myth of management is that management exists.
I think bicyclist don't deserve special lanes. They don't pay for them.
Roads are paid for from vehicle and gas taxes. Bicycles don't pay any.
It offends me greatly that the bicyclist thinks he owns the road, can
run stop signs at will, can ignore traffic lights when they want, on a
whim will use pedestrian ways when it is to their advantage, weaves
through traffic causing cars to have to avoid them, and then have the
nerve to whine because cars don't "respect" them. As far as I am
concerned bicycles are nothing more than potential hood ornimates!
Oh by the way, I ride bikes, motorcycles, and drive cars. It is after
all the responsibility of the bicyclist to avoid being run over. Just
like cars stay out of the way of semis. The more something masses the
more right of way it has. Anyone that argues is going to loose.
Cyclists should assume they are invisible if they want to live a long
time. However, logic that says "... more something masses (sic) the
more right of way it has... " is like a bully's logic.
Cyclists pay for roads through property taxes, income taxes and sales
taxes. These taxes would probably more than suffice to pay for the
kinds of roads they would need in a car free world. It's not a car
free world and the roads required for the roads needed for such are
paid for by all the above and by gas and fuel taxes.
One thing I forget on a daily basis: when I finally get ahead that
#$#%$ that's slowing me down, there's an endless supply of people in
front of him.
Tell that to the cars... They have no idea the lengths we go to in order to
avoid killing them.
Speaking of irritating vehicles going too slow and being in the way, I hate
Dude, when you have 15,000 cars backed up behind you for 187 miles, why not
pull off the freaking road for a minute and feed your horses or something?
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
Around Albany, NY we used to get the occasional horsebacker on the motorcycle
trails. I remember one woman waving me down violently as I came around a curve,
wanting me to slow down. I did, but without thinking, I pulled the compression
release for engine braking. Damned horse went nearly straight up.
"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is
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