Join Date: May 2013
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Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?
On boating and drinking:
I think every responsible person here knows it is just plain wrong. I personally do not drink, and if it is my boat I do not allow alcohol on board., My boat, my rules, your boat, your rules.
On why people are suspicious of police and LEO's in general:
I have a pretty good idea of why that is, and I have spoken with my brother, who was a sheriff's deputy for many years, the reason is that the police have become very aggressive about enforcing laws that they interpret and often make up as they go. It has become increasingly prevalent in courts that a person is no longer given any presumption of innocence, and the LEO's from federal agencies are among the worst offenders in this, they are brainwashed into thinking that they are just incapable of making a mistake. The so called war on drugs has fostered an us against them attitude, and they just plain get off on the rush of kicking in doors and seizing personal property.
This is not going to improve as the federal government continues to grow into an ever more bloated self propelled juggernaut of regulatory power over every aspect of our lives. The sad thing is that the young men and women in law enforcement really started out, for the most part, as wanting to help others, to protect the innocent and stifle the actions of the criminal element in our society. Now they are used as a revenue stream enhancement, and tax collection officers in the form of their fines and fees.
Just a little FYI, every time you see one of those pursuit cars with the laptop, radios, radar, transport cage, and all of the cop goodies, you see $100,000.00 plus of your tax dollars rolling around. When they issue that car to the officer that officer has to bring in enough revenue to pay for it. They do that by fines, fees, and surcharges, and the pressure is incredible on them to perform and pay for that vehicle. The crazy thing is that when they get one of these cars it costs more than the normal cars by more than double the amount, and it takes the money that could be used for salaries out of the budget. The department then cries that they need more of these high priced toys in order to better enforce the law, and also bring in more revenue.
I lived in an area of Houston, TX where the village population was 2800 persons, and there were 30 officers on the payroll, basically one cop for every 100 people. The amount of tickets which were written exceeded a revenue amount of $25,000.00 USD per week! Just plain nuts.
It is good to learn from your mistakes, but much better to learn from the mistakes of others...
Last edited by mark2gmtrans; 06-28-2013 at 03:59 PM.
Reason: edited because I left out a zero...my bad