Hopefully, this chapter is history. Brinksmanship, however, is no way to govern.
I've been stopped on numerous occasions. The police checked my driver's license and proof of insurance. I'm certain they were also checking for DUIs also.
I'm a white, long haired hippie but have never felt 'targeted' or 'profiled', which the police could easily do. Had I been drinking or been unable to produce the required documents, I might have thought otherwise.
What I'm waiting for is some guy to tell the IRS that paying taxes is against his religion. So far, it appears that your so-called religion can get you Carte Blanche.
My apologozies to the Chattanooga Police for my tongue-in-cheek jab over the 'military precision raid' of the poker game.. especially in light of the recent loss of a police officer. My guilt was softened, however, to learn that the same police are being sued by some guy who politely tooted his horn at an officer who was distracted enought to not notice that the light had changed and was ultimately hauled to jail over this courtesy. Again, sorry.. but the poker raid was an opportunity too good to pass up.
I don't know. Tailing some guy a couple of miles over a horn toot sounds pretty serious. Maybe 'tooting' can lead to 'the hard stuff'.
Via facebook, I have been able to renew friendships with classmates, former co-workers and (wow) even relatives. As a 'ham' radio operator, I also have 'ham' facebook 'friends' all over the globe. I have found it to be a very positive experience.
I walked away from religion over 40 years ago. Every day I hear or read something like this and become more and more convinced I made the right choice. It would be fun to watch all this insanity if it weren't so darn scary.