Pay attention when you are driving

For all of 2013, I did not own an car. I rode to work every day on my bike. Even though I am now car owning Hoosier, I still commute to work on my bike any day that I do not have to wear a suit and tie. I have biked and run literally tens of thousands of miles all over the world and I have never encountered people more inhospitable to bikers than the residents of Indiana. In Indiana I have had change thrown out me, been swerved at, and been honked at; in addition, I have seen a runner get hit in the head with a full can of pop, have had lit cigarettes thrown at me, and been spit on- all by complete strangers merely because I was running or riding on the road or in the shoulder.

As the number of cyclists increase in Indianapolis, Hoosier drivers have to become more attentive to cyclists (see earlier post on this blog detailing numerous relevant traffic laws ). I would hope in light of the recent death of a 23 year old cyclist (http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/04/25/man-killed-collision-bus-loved-ride-bike/8179549/) that we would all take a moment to review those rules. However more importantly pay attention when you drive- Look for bikes. Bikers should do their part and not run red lights or stop signs. If you find yourself driving to work in your car and “stuck” behind a cyclist going 20 mph, please be reasonable. I understand that you will have to wait perhaps a minute maybe two to get to a place where you can safely (with at least three feet of space between your car and the bike) pass said cyclist- be reasonable and think is honking at the biker or running him off the road really justified by you getting to your destination 90 seconds faster? Instead of throwing a cigarette at the cyclist or seeing how close you can come to him without hitting him think of the money he is saving you in reduced health insurance costs, or the amount of wear tear his 150 pound rig is putting on the city’s streets vs a 2,000 pound car? Instead of telling him what you think about his sexual orientation maybe, perhaps you should thank him for saving us all money. Perhaps you could be inspired to do something small for your community, your planet, and yourself and get on your bike. Share the road, save the earth.

Problem with your GM vehicle? Your Claim may be Hindered

General Motors has recently moved to ask a bankruptcy judge to dismiss claims against the company that were made by car buyers against the company’s faulty ignition switches for cars purchased prior to July 5, 2009 bankruptcy of “Old GM.” Such a move places enormous pressure on car buyers to settle their claims rather than pursue litigation as “Old GM” possesses few assets. Additional bankruptcy protection would effectively hinder any claims by car buyers who have suffered harm at the hands of GM. As a result, the bankruptcy judge’s decision will have an significant impact on these plaintiffs and their ability to recover their rightful redress.

The Supreme Court Makes it Really Easy to Frame People

Yesterday, in Navarette the court decided to tear the confrontation clause from the Bill of Rights, by voting 5-4 in favor of allowing searched based exclusively on anonymous tips.

So think about it- you are mad at your ex-girlfriend, you could go throw a bag of dope in her car, which is parked outside her apartment, then you could call the cops and say that she is a drug dealer and if you go search her car and which is parked outside of her house or wherever you will find drugs. So the cops go and do the search, mind you a warrantless search now and find the dope- send that bitch to jail! No longer do we you need to murder problematic witnesses- just plant drugs and call it in risk free!

The Defendant will have no idea who made the call and no one to cross examine them- it should be pretty easy to see the potential for abuse… so easy that even Justice Scalia, never a fan of the common man could not even vote with the majority calling the majority decision a freedom destroying cocktail.

While All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Not Treated as Equals

Sexual abuse suffered by a child is a life sentence of intrapersonal anguish. Typical effects of sexual abuse are post-traumatic stress disorder, functional enuresis, clinical depression, and child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome. Unfortunately, a Delaware “one percenter” is free to enjoy his life after the admitted sexual abuse his own children. Absolute freedom is a privilege that was torn away from his victims. Judge Jan Jurden determined that the trust fund recipient, Robert H. Richards IV, “will not fare well in prison,” and decided that Richards’ sentence should be reduced from a mandatory twenty years to probation. Richards admitted to penetrating his three year old daughter with his fingers while masturbating, and then subsequently deciding to assault his infant son. Judge Jurden’s decision was a failure of the justice system.
Prison is just the place for those who victimize the innocent. The purpose of prison is retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Prison is not meant to be a playground. People rarely do well in prison. Prison punishes a man for his crimes; retribution is meant to assure “if you do the crime, you do the time.” Prison is also meant to segregate an offender from society, and assure law abiding citizens that he cannot re-victimize old victims or create new ones. Sending a pedophile to prison assists the justice system in deterring other individuals from sexually victimizing small children. All Judge Jurden has done in this case is set a precedent that any person born by the silver spoon can walk free if prison will potentially hurt his delicate psyche. This is an unfortunate show of misplaced compassion and elitism. Moreover, if Judge Jurden really wants to rehabilitate Richards, prison is meant to do that, too. Prisons offer social and psychological counseling meant to assist prisoners in acclimating to appropriate behavior upon release. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) highlighted the importance of keeping pedophiles off of America’s streets in the decision Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U.S. 346 (1997).
In Hendricks, SCOTUS decided that civil confinement of repeat sexual offenders did not violate substantive due process or double jeopardy requirements of the United States Constitution. Judge Jurden’s decision is a troubling statement that the law treats the wealthy differently than the “common man.” While Richards’ children are set to face a life of distressing dreams, intrusively distressing recollections, involuntary voiding of urine, irritable moods, sleep disorders, a need for seclusion, secrecy, feelings of worthlessness, and feeling entrapped; he is sitting at home laughing about the fringe benefits of opulence. This decision is a slap in the face of our Founding Fathers, it laughs at the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, and shows that—while all men are created equal—they are not treated as equals.