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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 563

Considering that I have never had to deal with threats to my life from another person but have with the wild critters it seems unlikely that I would be more threatened by people than the critters. With wild critters something as simple as a warning shot will usually send them off in most cases where as if it comes to needing a firearm with a person the first shot had better be center of mass instead of the waring shot because you just escalated the situation at that point. For example the cougar went running back from whence it came when I shot the ground near by but the wolves were a bit different as the one that I could see ran off but I could hear the rest of the pack just off the road most of the way back to camp as they were stalking me. Add in that if you have a mother bear and cubs and if you get between them it doesn't usually end well for you.

In general there are more problem people but that seems to be more of a function population size since there are probably more people in the US than there are wolves, cougars, and black bears combined. Also given that I don't live in a shit hole crime ridden city with drug and gang problems I probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than being the victim of gun violence.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 563

Sadly there are a lot of people who carry firearms because they believe that they need protection from some remote threat in civilized society and probably think they will be a John Wayne style hero. There are also individuals like myself who while having a permit to carry only does so only in remote areas where there is a real danger from wild animals. Since I can't have a loaded firearm if I am walking down a dirt road out there unless I have a permit to carry I decided to get one as I have had run-ins on the road. Over the years I have been 4 feet from a black bear, been stalked by wolves, have seen a mother bear and cubs at a distance of about 50 meters, saw a cougar at about 150 meters and just this year had a cougar walk right up to the tree my deer stand while I was in it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 432

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48616381) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
Depending on where this guy was the nearest neighbor may have likely been several miles away. For example one of my friends has a cabin in norther Minnesota the nearest neighbor is about 10 miles away. We frequently toss empty cans out the door at night and the next day walk out and shoot them from the porch, no sense in letting perfectly intact cans go unshot. Yes we do clean up the cans when we leave but why not shoot them for target practice first. This type of thing is very common in rural areas and would only really be a concern if it were in a developed are. Also in the fall it is very common to see people walking around in blaze orange with a shotgun or rifle over their shoulder out hunting

Comment: Re:Ignorance of the law is no excuse. (Score 1) 432

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48616297) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
I have wondered if it is even possible to know all of the laws and government regulations that one has to abide by. There is the United States Code, all of the various federal regulations, laws and regulations for the state you are a resident in, and various local laws and regulations. Is it even reasonable to assume that someone could read them all in a year? When you have congress passing massive bill like the ~2400 page Affordable Care Act, or how ever many are in the US patriot act, or even the annual federal budget which gets all sorts of other random crap stuffed in it, that all makes changes to existing law or create new laws it seems like it is an impossible task. Given that even the federal government can't state how many federal crimes there are it seems that it should entirely be a reasonable defense to be ignorant of the law given that even the government is.

Comment: Re:And this is why there's traffic... (Score 1) 593

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48608793) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
Remind me to never buy a car that was owned by someone in LA. That kind of drive is just murder on cars, they don't ever come up to proper operating temperature and people just rid the brakes. A car like an M3 is meant to be driven and driven hard but most people just baby them, I wish I could afford one and would consider just debadging it as most people wouldn't know it was an M3 and just assume it was a regular 3 series.

Comment: Re:Traffic Furniture (Score 1) 593

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48608695) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

I know I'm tilting against windmills... My truck has about 14" of suspension travel. I can take their speed-bumps at the speed limit.

Sounds like you have way to nice of a truck, my Jeep is old and beat up so I just don't care and will take their speed bumps at the speed limit. I also like their traffic calming traffic circles which make for a nice little circle track for my car. Although out in the suburbs you still get people on their own traffic crusade. Like the one family in the new development in my neighborhood who puts one of these in the middle of the fucking street, or at least they did until I ran it over with my jeep. By the middle of the street I don't mean off on the side, in the gutter, or on the grass boulevard, I mean lets put in right smack in the middle so it is an impediment to traffic taking up ~4 feet. It isn't like it was just out there one time, it was always out there and if the mother thought you were driving too fast would yell at you to slow down because 20-25 mph in a 30 mph residential area is too fast in her mind. Then again this is the newer development and they do have a HOA so it wouldn't surprise me if this person was one of the decision makers and likes having power.

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 593

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48608525) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
I wouldn't mind taking the bus if it didn't triple my trip time to and from work and require 3 bus changes with a fair amount of walking and waiting outside, no thanks. I can spend between 30 and 40 minutes driving to and from work and not have to worry about what time I arrive and leave or I can catch the first bus leaving my city go to work and then catch the last bus leaving from near my work and hope there isn't problems as there are still 2 more I have to take to get home.

I also don't get why metro transit won't make a reasonable bus plan like having a set of buses that just run around the 494/694 loop and back and forth across 35E/W, 94, 100, 168, 61, 52, 552, and 77. These are the major highways in the Twin Cities and unless you are heading into downtown it is a bitch to use. Instead we are pissing money away on silly little trains. Have these busses only stop at major transit centers at the end of the routs or where highways cross so people can change buses. Additionally have the local city buses also stop at these transit centers and the system would become mostly useable but no one seems to want to do that.

As far as why buses aren't free, it seems to me that it was a compromise between those who think they shouldn't be subsidized at all and those who think they should be free. Also by having a nominal cost for public transit it was initially thought it would keep the vagrants out, which in my experience is not the case. Personally I am of the mind set that it should either be entirely government subsidized or completely paid by the riders but not the mushy middle where it is heavily subsidized but people still have to pay that so often happens with government programs.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 872

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48601499) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Simple proof is that no nation states that have a McDonalds have yet been to war with each other (and by that I mean a true war not supporting insurgents aka Ukraine).

Not true, there was the conflict between Russian and Georgia as well as the Israel and Lebanon conflict in 2006 all of whom had McDonalds at the time of fighting. Also in doing some digging it appears that there was the NATO bombing of Serbia (sure seems like war) that happened shortly after the book with that statement was published.

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