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hcirehttae said...

"SEC’s 2012 football schedule not ready for release"

Slow news day? No Vols arrested or expelled from the team?

December 23, 2011 at 7:21 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

This really is just too much. Red Bank's police department should be disbanded and their duties turned over to the county.

First the Red Bank officer pulls over the 911 dispatcher, conducts "field sobriety tests" which are very subjective by their nature, decides to handcuff her and place her in the back of the patrol car, while simultaneously deciding that she's not drunk and won't be charged with DUI... Huh?

(Whatever happened to breathalyzers? Isn't there a hospital for blood alcohol testing right across the street from where this incident occurred?)

Another officer drives up and says, "Hey, do you know that gal in the back seat is 'on the job'?" just to be passing the time of day -- of course there's no implication of affecting the first officer's disposition of the case, just a casual comment like "How 'bout them Vols?"

At this point, police get very careful about what they do next, wanting to err on the side of rectitude, correct? "Purer than Caesar's wife" standard, and all that.

So the first officer notifies dispatch and asks to be called on his private cell phone to discuss the matter so they won't be recorded. That's in the police academy procedures manual, right? "Always use untraceable communications when there's a chance your actions will be questioned later."

Later the Red Bank Department investigates itself and (Surprise, surprise, surprise, Sergeant Carter!) finds no significant misconduct, and thus "an oral reprimand" is to be placed in the first officer's file. (I'd like to see how that's done, actually. Wouldn't it slip out into the air?)

So the next day, stepped-up DUI patrols in Red Bank are announced. "And the Police Academy Award for failure to recognize irony in everyday life goes to..."

December 23, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Packing black people into districts to create or ensure minority representation was well intentioned in days when voting rights were routinely abridged by legal means. Today, this mindset is outdated. What would Martin Luther King Jr. say about these gerrymandered districts? Both these maps are abominations, because they destroy affinity of neighborhoods and interests. People who live together in proximity, in community, have a right to elect a common representative, and that is a more progressive idea than the old canard that people of the same skin color necessarily have common cause. Look what we're perpetuating here: the idea that black people will only vote for blacks, and whites for whites. We should simply draw districts that are roughly square or rectangular, not much wider than they are long; respecting natural boundaries like rivers and ridges; avoiding these preposterous barbell shapes; then trusting the citizens of America to vote for, elect to office, and hold accountable their representatives regardless of skin color or ethnic origin. Authentic neighborhood districting is not the same as a return to at-large elections, which were employed to prevent black candidates from being elected at all--an evil tool whose time is past.

December 19, 2011 at 10:08 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

What does ” gasoline draws" mean? Can anyone in the UTC English dept. translate?

December 17, 2011 at 8:08 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Twitter is for twits. Quod erat demonstrandum.

December 17, 2011 at 8:03 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

We have to have facilities that are top-notch, and it can’t be pockets of facilities because it always come back to recruiting. Are we doing our jobs administratively to maximize the chance for success in recruiting? We have to look at that. Where are players housed? Where do they eat? Where do they get academic support? Are those areas what they need to be and should be? Where do they practice? Where do they lift?

Don't forget: "How good looking and amiable are the coeds that we have to entertain them during the recruitment process and during their years of matriculation?"

December 16, 2011 at 6:39 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

@dao1980 - Your logic and overall point are irrefutable. i enjoy reading such careful thought. Actually I for one am up in arms about irresponsible driving in general. Texting while driving is just such a new and growing menace (I use that word advisedly) that it's easy to focus on and identify. Lots of irresponsible driving takes place in momentary, isolated bursts, but if someone is texting for 10 minutes at a time, that's like being drunk behind the wheel for those 10 minutes. Also, I don't hear people so blithely defending their tailgating, speeding, improper passing. Seems like everyone has a reason why they have to text while driving, and they're exempt from the accusation of reckless driving because "it could never possibly happen to me."

December 15, 2011 at 7:28 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Aren't all laws intended to prevent stupid people from doing stupid things? (or dishonest people from doing dishonest things, etc.) Or is it really more accurate and true to say that people aren't just "stupid" or "smart" except situationally? I believe laws do persuade people to identify and follow proper guidelines of conduct, and I believe such laws are necessary, even if they're hard to enforce. If everyone automatically or inherently pursued enlightened self interest, we could live free from laws and just do what's right, but I haven't run into Socrates or Diogenes driving around Chattanooga lately with their cell phones primly turned off. Quite the contrary! If you and I see our self interests differently or assign differing degrees of importance to certain behaviors, we have to have a mediator, and that is government. Also, we have to protect the defenseless or less capable in our society, such as the parent who refuses to teach a child to buckle a seatbelt, when the child is incapable of weighing the significance of the consequences. Basically, lots of laws are "unenforceable" unless someone is caught red-handed, but if a texting driver causes a fatal accident, that is surely a situation that the law needs to speak to, and it certainly is "enforceable."

December 14, 2011 at 5 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

Caffeine is not good for developing brains. There are reasons why our parents' generation had grown-up pleasures for adults only...

December 14, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Emergency services personnel repelled down from the roadway to get the driver out of her car, which was about 150 feet down the embankment, Atkinson said.

Surely they "rappelled" down the mountain, no matter how repellent they found the task to be...

December 14, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
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