and Muslims are supposed to be better than dragging burned mutilated corpses through streets. Just pointing out that your point B is irrelevant since America is as much represented by these soldiers as the Muslim population is represented by that mob in Fallujah.
Are you seriously suggesting that the US Marine Corps doesn't represent the US? Maybe you think they just happen to be over there on vacation, but I'm pretty sure they were sent, armed, paid by the the US government. They are acting on the authority of the United States of America, and as such everything they do, good or bad, reflects on the integrity and honor of the United States, and the Corps as well. If this was some group of jackoff civilians in Detroit you might have some kind of point, but when it comes to soldiers, you don't.
Don't pick a fight with a big company or with people with money or power. Great. In other words, if you are the small man, you are fucked.
This is actually very true. As the small man, you need to do one of two things:
1) Go get money and power and come back later
2) Find someone sympathetic to your cause who has money or power
Dave with a V chose option #2
Let's think a moment here who has it the worst. The poor guys in the 6.25% who still have to work at 80.
Though one 1 out of 4 of them will live to 110, so I guess it isn't all bad.
Man, if you're wxxxxxg, I don't want to hear about it.
Some one needs to drop some mod points on this post, it should be "+5 insightful" with a flashing neon border. Examples of this kind of regulation are all too common, where business secretly welcomes regulation just so the government can play the heavy and they can pretend that they had no choice but to comply. Smoking bans are are good example. What restaurant wants to tell loyal customers that they can't smoke because they've chosen to cater to a larger contigent of nonsmokers? It's much easier if smoking is banned in all restaurants, and then it's not your fault if a customer can't light up.
Mod parent +1d10, exploding
I'm going to post this, even though it's going to be waaaay down where nobody sees it, just because it needs to be in here somewhere.
For starters, yes this bureaucrat is being a dick. However, I submit that he does not really think that David Cox made on his own a traffic report that is of "engineering quality". As people have pointed out, in this circumstance it would not be a crime.
What he is most likely thinks is that David Cox had an engineer produce an "engineering quality" traffic report, and the said engineer delivered it to Mr. Cox unsealed. This is not okay. I'm not sure about NC, but in Virginia if you are a PE, and you do engineering work, you must seal it (confirming it as your work product). This is an important requirement that helps to ensure the quality of work done by PEs. A PE who prepared an anonomys report could be in serious trouble with the licensing board.
This is the real angle Mr. Lacey is driving at, the other is just trying to put some kind of pressure on Mr. Cox to divulge where he got his help from. Notice the statement that Mr. Cox has refused to say who worked with him on the report, and probably won't, since they really have no leverage on him. All the same, there's likely and engineer down there sweating a bit, wanting this thing to blow over.