When I read the court order, it appears to me this Bundy character is doing whatever he pleases on Federal lands. The BLM has been working with Bundy for 15 years to resolve the issue, but he refuses to cooperate. As for the claims of 200 armed agents--well, that's Bundy's claim, so it's rather suspect. He strikes me as a guy who is in the wrong, so he figures he'll wrap himself in an American flag and shout about oppression from the highest mountain top. What he was unable to achieve through legal means, he'll try to win in the court of public opinion. He's no hero. Posted: April 9th, 2014 @ 12:47PM
Agreed mad_dog. In this day and age, main battle tanks are somewhat analogous to battleships in the 1930s. They have their use and can be deadly in the right circumstances, but their era is drawing to a close. Posted: April 3rd, 2014 @ 4:19AM
WoW-free since June 2009 (I had maybe 120 days /played in fits and starts from 2006-2009). I still read MMO-champion every now and again to keep up with class changes. Of course, the classes now are so different from when I played that the significance of various spell changes is lost on me. Posted: February 21st, 2014 @ 11:53AM
Sounds like JB has multiple avenues to beat this case. I detailed my theory regarding his blood results in an earlier post. The arresting officer's credibility is eroding pretty quickly now. It's possible that a judge will suppress the results of the traffic stop, expressing doubt that there was cause to initiate it in the first place. So now both the front end of the case and the back end have issues. There will be the predictable outrage from the uninformed when the dismissal or not guilty ruling comes.
This was all over the news here yesterday. It reminds me of a story from last year where a North Carolina trooper towed a crashed vehicle from a ditch. Days later, a missing woman was found all crumpled up underneath the dashboard. In that case, the woman hadn't been reported missing yet, so the trooper didn't know at the time that there was something up with the vehicle. She was also dead from the crash, so finding her earlier wouldn't have made a difference to her outcome. Finally, she was apparently small in stature and wedged in an awkward position--so it wasn't obvious that she was a dead body. Still, it looked really bad for that trooper. He was probably a little too focused on the menial task of towing the car rather than looking deeper into things. LINK
I think the problem with this recent story is that the Philadelphia Parking Authority was issuing the tickets, not the Philadelphia Police Department. Chances are pretty good that the Parking Authority officer(s) did not run the plate through any sort of database, since they are typically on foot. The Parking Authority officer(s) were probably so focused on their ticket writing that they never really investigated the vehicle. If a Philadelphia Police officer had been on scene and run the vehicle through DMV databases, this might not have happened.
Now the fact that the vehicle was towed and relocated at one point is a bit more damning. In that case, I'm surprised the tow operator and/or officer didn't take a closer look at things. On the other hand, 100s of unattended vehicles were being relocated during the snow storms we just had, so these cars were being towed just as fast as they could be hooked up and yanked. As the article also points out, it's not clear how long the lady was in there.
No doubt this incident will be looked into in order to identify procedural lapses or incompetence. The facts as they stand now do not paint the PPA (or by extension the PPD) in a very positive light. Posted: February 21st, 2014 @ 11:29AM
To me, the trailer looks like any other FPS with Nazi skins. I don't really care for all the gee whiz technology. I'd be happy with an updated version of the early-1990s incarnation. Posted: February 19th, 2014 @ 8:54AM
He'll claim that there was a minor altercation, and that she subsequently passed out as a result of too much alcohol consumption. She will get some new jewelry out of this and support his statement. I'm dead serious. Posted: February 19th, 2014 @ 8:51AM
Unless specific details of her claims can be verified as fact, I'm not buying this story at all. The Sunbury killing was pretty sloppy--hardly the mark of someone who eluded capture 22 times prior. Posted: February 17th, 2014 @ 1:51AM
Thank you Killer. Bieber doesn't need a puppet master to pull his strings in order to be an idiot. This is a privileged kid with no boundaries doing dumb stuff. End of story. As for an inconsequential DUI arrest bumping more important stories from the headlines--that's old news too. Americans prefer entertainment over depressing facts (Egypt turmoil, Syrian civil war, PRISM, massive fraud at Sochi, failures of the new Iraqi government, the likelihood that the Taliban will re-take Afghanistan in a few years, etc, etc...) Posted: February 2nd, 2014 @ 5:55AM
I thought Bieber had a blood draw--I hope he did. The urine test only seems to show the presence of controlled substances, but not the levels. Without a blood test with specific blood levels, Bieber's attorneys could argue that the Xanax was prescribed and used within therapeutic levels. As for the marijuana, I see that the metabolite is what was detected. That could be in the system for quite some time after use (meaning it's possible he was not under an impairing influence at the time the sample was taken). The active component of THC would be more damning.
Overall, it appears he had the equivalent of a single beer (albeit underage), smoked weed within a day of the stop (but probably not within a few hours), and had an unknown amount of Xanax in his system. These substances ingested concomitantly could certainly lead to impairment--but his lawyers are going to argue that the levels are too low.
Unless specific levels come back, I think there's a good chance JB beats this case. Posted: January 30th, 2014 @ 10:24AM
Usually for underage the limit is .02. It's possible that Florida has a zero tolerance. At any rate, the likelihood that controlled substances are found in his blood makes the BAC level a moot point. Posted: January 27th, 2014 @ 5:23PM
I agree with Charkoth that the focus on Bieber is ridiculous. As for the issues with the case, I'd like to wait and see the actual evidence. Right now, you're getting snippets of indirect information.
-Two breath tests showed Bieber was under the legal limit. Well, guess what? Breath tests are often used to rule out that someone is under the influence of alcohol and more under the influence of controlled substances. My guess is that the first breath test was administered on scene, and the second was administered by the drug recognition expert as part of his evaluation procedures. That will be detailed in the police report.
-Speed discrepancy: It's entirely possible that this video does not show the violation. It might be the events that preceded the speeding. If the Miami PD police car has a dashcam, that would help put this issue to rest. As for the GPS in the cars--well, the rental agency is paid by JB (and probably counts other rich/famous folks among its customers). Would it behoove this company's future business to be seen as in league with law enforcement? No, no it would not. Also, what is the accuracy of GPS for instantaneous speed calculation? I know it would be good for an average distance/time, but what about a momentary burst of speed?