AP Photo/State of Michigan, Department of Attorney General

The Worlds (Not-so-)Greatest Father?!

The man to the right, Daniel Everette (33) of Michigan was arraigned “the other day for charges of child sexual abuse and using the Internet to attempt child sexual abuse.” [1]

Oddly enough, despite the fact that his shirt proclaims his love for both wrestling and his children, no one yet knows if he has any offspring of his own or if he actually watches WWE wrestling.  Gosh, as if pro-wrestling didn’t have enough bad press in the last year already.

Somehow I doubt the WWE will be sending this guy free ringside tickets for getting their company logo into the public eye.

Bad Cop, No Donut…

John Stossel has a great article up over at Townhall.com about the extortion scheme known as the “STOP” sign.  Among the interesting things Stossel points out

1. Cameras placed at stop signs in New York and Michigan showed that 82 and 72 percent of drivers, respectively, failed to come to a complete stop.  Oh, and the cops didn’t either.

2. Stop signs are bad for the environment.

3. Getting rid of stop signs has been shown to save lives and lower the number of accidents.

4. Cops have a perverse incentive to get overtime pay by giving tickets at stop signs- and surprise, surprise, cops are not always honest.  Stossel reports how one cop made $21,000 in overtime pay thanks to all the time he spent testifying in court.

“Was it Even Worth it?”

John McCain gave a speech before the NAACP this week.  So in an election cycle where the first black president is a distinct possibility is it even worth McCain’s time to drop by and peddle his case to the NAACP?

Consider that 90% of the black vote goes Democratic when there ISN’T a black man running for president.  Is there any chance that in an election year with a black man poised to win the presidency (I give him a 50-50 chance) that the black vote will be less than 90% in his favor?

And even if he didn’t win a single vote for showing up and giving his speech (where he mostly promoted vouchers and teacher merit pay), was it worth it?  If so, for what reason(s)?

[Note: In ’04 Kerry won 88% of the Black vote; In ’00 Gore won 90% of the black vote; In ’96 and ’92 Bill Clinton got 84 and 83%, respectively, of the black vote]

Coming Next Week…

On the horizon for next week is the post I alluded to in my posting on the passing of Tony Snow and the death of decency.  This post will fall under the heading of “Intellectual Transformations” and will deal with opening up our eyes to the vast array of information in the world around us.  It will also discuss how to look at, think about, and research all of the source available on the internet.  The post will focus on my first rule of internet reading, which is, “If you aren’t on an FBI list somewhere then you probably aren’t reading broadly enough.”  Curious?  Good.

The Abortion Debate…

Lastly, If you are looking for an interesting abotion discussion head over to  the ACandidWorld blog and the post about abortion.  Since you are following the link from my blog, I doubt I have to remind you to remain respectful and polite.  The comments section has some interesting discussions going on already.  Enjoy.

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Comments
  1. Rachel D. says:

    Wow McCain is a republican? I thought we had two democrats running! lol I kid!

    I look forward to seeing your “Intellectual Transformations” posts. 🙂 Sounds interesting.

  2. Edgar says:

    John,

    I had to take traffic school for speeding (long time ago – when I was single and wild) and they made the same point. Stop signs are dangerous. Kids assume things.

    The same goes for stopping and letting kids walk across the street. This is a big no no. If kids are waiting for you to pass, then don’t stop for them. The reason is: kids get comfortable and start running across and forget to watch for other cars. and you know what happens next.

    Don’t be nice. Don’t stop for kids that are waiting for you to go through.

  3. “Kids assume things.”

    We all assume things. And that was John Stossel’s point. We look for the sign, not for other cars and people. Thanks for stopping by Edgar.

  4. darla says:

    Bad cop NO donut…hahahaha I saw that on a bumper sticker recently. I’ve seen cops who broke tail lights to give tickets…and one in my area used to steal wallets from girls and stalk them..so much for the security of having them around…well not all are like that..but the bad does make a rep for the rest..

    Whats up with chester molester?? Did he get time? or is he going to walk?

  5. noble pig says:

    The cops always broke our taillights in hig shcool so the could pull over. Jerks,

  6. Many people roll slowly through stop signs when no one is coming–if they’re going slow enough to check for peds and traffic, it’s not that big a deal. Very few people seem to just run them completely–probably about the same number of folks who run red lights.

    I walk more than I drive, so the idea of getting rid of stop signs completely because a few people ignore them seems kind of crazy. I’d never get across the freakin’ street without at least a little help.

  7. “Many people roll slowly through stop signs when no one is coming–if they’re going slow enough to check for peds and traffic, it’s not that big a deal.”

    If only you could get away with that. Instead you get pulled over, you get a ridiculous lecture from a cop on safety, and a ticker for over $200. I remain convinced that most traffic violations are just a cowardly way for local legislators to raise money without raising taxes. Sadly, their actions erect a barrier between regular citizens and cops. I can honestly admit that I don’t feel safe when I see a cop driving behind me, I feel scared lest I engage in even some small driving infraction.

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  9. Julia says:

    If only you could get away with that. Instead you get pulled over, you get a ridiculous lecture from a cop on safety, and a ticker for over $200. I remain convinced that most traffic violations are just a cowardly way for local legislators to raise money without raising taxes. Sadly, their actions erect a barrier between regular citizens and cops. I can honestly admit that I don’t feel safe when I see a cop driving behind me, I feel scared lest I engage in even some small driving infraction.

  10. Teresa says:

    What?? You’re going to listen to John Stossel about ANYTHING? The sworn enemy of the WWF himself?

    LOL!

  11. “The sworn enemy of the WWF himself?”

    Now they are the WWE, so everything is cool.

  12. Teresa says:

    Does that mean they don’t have to pay him money from the lawsuit? 🙂

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