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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: All the News that Doesn't Quite Deserve its Own Thread Reply with quote

We've needed this in here for a while now.
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http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=748446


Wisconsin governor wants 3rd intoxicated driving offense to be a felony, which includes confiscation of violator's vehicle.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm all for it.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I would definitely support that here.

The only problem is that we already have overcrowded prisons, so as we make new felonies, we need to eliminate current ones, like pot posession, etc.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If a law changes do the people who broke the past one get off? I mean it was still illegal when they did it, they did break the law.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should most certainly be released. Decriminalizing something is admitting that it was a mistake to make it a crime in the first place.

The spiritual intent of Law is to mete out punishment for risking or causing harm to others, etc -- not for doing something that disagrees with the opinion of legislators, per se. People should go to jail for committing crimes, not "breaking the law."
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just playing a little devil's advocate here, but don't some laws come about because of the era's we live in, for example inciting a riot is not part of your freedom of speech but saying something back in the 60's that would incite a riot might not even turn heads in our current time, the motive is there, but the person in the 60's would have been arrested while both might have the same motives and forethought.
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the '60s vs '00s riot thing, it seems like you're talking about likelihood of police attention rather than whether or not something is illegal.

And sure, many laws come about for no greater reason than contemporaneous public opinion -- perhaps all laws exist for this reason. About 1.5 centuries ago, heroin was an alcoholism treatment and a mixed-race marriage would land you in jail. Sodomy used to be a crime, and is now widely accepted; perhaps in fifty years, we'll say the same for something like beastiality. It sounds sick and wierd now, but so did the idea of legal and accepted sodomy to people in the 1950s.

Basically, I agree with what you said, but I'm not sure what bearing it had on whether or not drug offenders should be released if their offense is made legal.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Kitty is named Japan tourism ambassador
Monday, May 19, 2008 9:42 AM EDT
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By TOMOKO A. HOSAKA Associated Press Writer


TOKYO (AP) Hello Kitty Japan's ubiquitous ambassador of cute has built up an impressive resume over the years. Global marketing phenom. Fashion diva. Pop culture icon. Now the moonfaced feline can add "government envoy" to the list. The tourism ministry on Monday named Hello Kitty as its choice to represent the country in China and Hong Kong, two places where she is wildly popular among kids and young women.

Officials hope that tapping into that fan base will lead to a bigger flow of tourists into Japan, and closer toward their goal of attracting 10 million overseas visitors every year under the "Visit Japan" campaign.

Last year the number of foreign tourists traveling to Japan hit a record high of 8.35 million, up 60 percent since the government began the marketing effort in 2003.

Arrivals from China and Hong Kong, who accounted for 16.5 percent of visitors to Japan last year, are poised this year to become the second-largest group of tourists after South Koreans.

At a press conference, Sanrio Co. President Shintaro Tsuji called Hello Kitty's new appointment "an honor" and pledged to "work hard to attract many visitors."

Japan's other goodwill tourism ambassadors include Korean singer Younha, Japanese actress Yoshino Kimura and Japanese pop/rock duo Puffy AmiYumi.

Although this is the first time the tourism ministry has tapped a fictional character for the role, the foreign ministry in March inaugurated blue robo-cat Doraemon as Japan's "anime ambassador."

Designed in 1974 by Sanrio, Hello Kitty first appeared on a plastic coin purse. Her image today has become one of the most powerful brands in the world, adorning some 50,000 products in 60 countries.

In China, Kitty-fever has already broken out.

A multi-million-dollar musical featuring Hello Kitty opened earlier this year in Beijing and is in the midst of a national tour. "Hello Kitty's Dream Light Fantasy" is then scheduled to travel to Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S. over its three-year run.

According to her official profile from Sanrio, Hello Kitty lives with her family in London. It does not mention how often she visits Japan.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes I wonder if Japanese stereotypes aren't 98% fact.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Typical stereotypes are typically true. Asian ones are pretty much infallible.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chicago politician violates a large number of gun laws, then does the responsible thing -- proposes changes to local law that would save his own ass. Of course, mayor Daley thinks it's a super idea.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/960265,CST-NWS-mell21-web.article

You should be able to smell the hypocracy through your monitor.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a Chicago Combo!

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/chicago.police.battle.2.726128.html

Chicago cops are apparently getting "semi-assault" weapons! I can only assume these consist of AR-15 uppers mounted on Beretta 92 frames.

Also, I don't know if you guys realize this, but the only way to beat a guy with a semi-auto AK is to have an AR-15, because the AK can block .40 s&w and the AR-15 can block 7.62x39.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. Now police can shoot unarmed men about to be married with thousands of bullets each at about the same rate as before. This will really up their productivity.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But it's alright, they have to pass a physical before they can have the weapons issued.

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If cops want to carry M4s. . .
They will have to flex fitness tests

May 16, 2008

BY FRANK MAIN AND FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters


Cops who want to shoot an M4 assault weapon will have to flex more than a trigger finger.

The Chicago Police Department recently launched physical fitness tests for cops who have applied to carry the semiautomatic rifle.

Cops who want to shoot an M4 assault weapon will have to pass a set of physical tests.

Members of gang, gun and tactical teams are the first ones being asked if they want to take the state-approved exam for officers, called the P.O.W.E.R. test.

A male officer between 30 and 40 years old must run 1.5 miles in 14.3 minutes, do 34 sit-ups in a minute, bench press 87 percent of his weight and do a 15-inch sit-and-reach.

Mark Donahue, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, questioned why cops need to pass a fitness test to carry M4s.

"I don't believe it's likely that situations would arise where you'd be running great distances with this weapon," Donahue said. "As long as you're proficient, you should be able to carry it."

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond disagreed.

"If you are grasping for breath, the weapon could waver up and down," she said.

Bond said 85 percent of the officers who've taken the fitness test for the M4s have passed. She would not say how many have taken it.

Officers who fail the test can re-take it as many times as they wish.

The plan is to deploy the weapon over the next one to three years, Bond said. The M4s have not been bought yet, she said.

New York and other big cities, as well as many Chicago suburbs, already have equipped officers with assault weapons. A 2006 police standoff in Humboldt Park with a man armed with an AK-47 demonstrated the need for superior firepower, officials said.

One lieutenant said he thinks the department should first improve officers' access to shotguns.

The lieutenant, who asked not to be identified, said eight shotguns are stored in each of the city's 25 districts, but can only be used with a watch commander's approval and only in limited circumstances such as search warrants and surveillance. He recommended the department equip squad cars with gun racks to allow officers to carry them in the field around the clock.

"It's a devastating, close-range weapon at 50 to 75 yards," the lieutenant said of a shotgun loaded with a lead slug instead of pellets.

Lots of training is needed with the M4 because the .223-caliber bullets can travel a mile, compared with a quarter mile for pistols, he said.

The fitness tests are part of a broader training program for the gang, gun and tactical officers who want to carry M4s, Bond said.

Police Supt. Jody Weis, meanwhile, is proposing mandatory annual fitness tests for new and promoted officers starting in 2009--and voluntary tests for other officers. Cops who fail the test twice would undergo further evaluation about whether they're fit for duty.

Contributing: Annie Sweeney

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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd much rather have them pass a rifle proficiency/safety test and a psych evaluation.
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