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Re: “Pulaski deputies encounter 'sovereign citizen'

I wasn't there and I don't know this person, but someone claiming to be him has posted several comments on the fox16.com website (go check it out - it's a good read). He claims the officer asked him if he was a "sovereign citizen", but that he is not and never said he was - those were the officer's words, not his.

Most of it was a good reminder to just say yes sir/no sir and take your ticket, even if you're not in the wrong.

After the Joe Thompson debacle, I take these official narratives as more of a justification for an arrest (plus a few bonus charges) than what actually happened. Plus the typical "resisting arrest" - is that just a given these days?

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Posted by jbh on 06/14/2012 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Komen Foundation reverses decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding

None of this is surprising from SGK, the charity that spends donated money to sue small charities out of THEIR donated money for using the trademark "for the Cure". As a good friend of mine said - "What kind of charity sues other charities??? That's money donated to help people, not sue people!" (even if it's just legal fees, which are steep unless you're a multimillion dollar foundation).

I guess when you make so much money selling hope, you have to protect your brand because you have no physical product or service with which to differentiate yourself from competitors (but such better margins!). Sounds a lot like any other big business!

Anyway, we're done with SGK and will start donating to the ACS instead, since all cancers are the problem. PP, too, since adequate health care for women is also a problem, not just cancer.

BTW - As a grandson of a breast cancer survivor who later died of cancer anyway, I've always felt put off that men aren't allowed in the "Race for the Cure"(tm) UNLESS they have had breast cancer, ignoring its effects on surviving family members, whether male or female. What, my support doesn't count 'cause I'm a guy and male breast cancer is rare? You'd think the more support the better, but I guess it doesn't matter now...

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Posted by jbh on 02/03/2012 at 2:24 PM

Re: “The Republican fight against birth control

Actually the issue being discussed is birth control, which if used properly ensures that life does NOT begin, so when life begins is NOT the real issue here.

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Posted by jbh on 01/30/2012 at 9:04 AM

Re: “When college doesn't pay for itself

My college tuition cost $10,000 for 4 years (LA Tech computer science in '98). Current cost is $22,000. This ignores food, housing, and gas/transportation costs which have skyrocketed, but colleges can't help this. They HAVE built about 5 new buildings since I left, though...

Where I work, starting salary for an entry level programmer position was $35-40k in 1998 and is now $50-55k. We also don't hire programmers here now, but they came to my school and actively recruited computer science grads.

THAT is the major problem - costs have risen so much faster than wages (tuition was 25% of my starting salary vs 40% now). This also ignores the fact that I graduated with a high GPA in one of the best paying undergraduate majors at the time AND companies sought you out, not vice versa.

As for borrowing - my wife's loans are consolidated (as of 2002) and our interest rate is 2.43%. You can't get a rate even close to that now.

I checked UofA costs - $4632 for 18 hours in the college of engineering, which includes a whopping $1100 of fees. That's something like $37,000 for 4 years! I know, I know...apples to oranges...but $37k of tuition/fees vs $55k starting salary is not good at all (67%). Remember this doesn't include food, gas, books, rent or higher rates on your loans.

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Posted by jbh on 01/13/2012 at 4:07 PM


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