The United States, due to an “overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs,” fell below El Salvador and Romania in a world press freedom ranking released Wednesday.

The US fell 13 positions to 46th place in this year’s World Press Freedom Index, produced since 2002 by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders. The organization said the main reason the US dropped so far in the rankings was because of its dogged efforts to “track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks.”

“The trial of and conviction of Private Bradley Manning and the pursuit of NSA analyst Edward Snowden were warnings to all those thinking of assisting in the disclosure of sensitive information that would clearly be in the public interest,” the report reads.

“The whistleblower is the enemy,” it adds.



  1. sargasso_c says:

    Somebody should point out that the current directors were appointed by the Bush/Cheney administration?

    • Tim says:

      Why?? Somebody still holding onto the left\right paradigm??

      Personally, I don’t care if it is a left boot or a right boot stamped on my face forever.

      • ± says:

        Good for you.

        There seems to be a growing minority here who understands that those who hire R/Ds, are the most directly culpable for the destruction of the USA.

        They don’t hire themselves.

    • dusanmal says:

      And the one with pen and the phone can’t change them?
      Same clique – PROGRESSIVES , GWB from Right, Obama from Left. Keynesian economy, power of the Government, gimmies to the population as a bribe, social engineering by the power of the executive branch, control, control, control… Spying is a consequence. If Government is big and powerful – it will eat up your rights with pen and the phone. Because there is a President who thinks he can “do anything he wants”. And each Progressive President will think the same. Time to kick Progressives from both sides to the curb. No more Boehner, no more Reid, soon no more Obama.

      • noname says:

        Yea, let shrink everything government but expand the money pit we call the NSA, CIA, DoD, corporate welfare and congressional staff!

    • Better READ than BLEW ...since no one can see BLACK or WHITE! says:

      The “Department of Homeland Security” was started (implemented) by the Bush Cheney administration but was done so in agreement with CONGRESS! A Congress which had a considerable number of Democrats at the time and nearly all of whom voted for it too. If you recall, this new “Homeland” department was created mostly as a response to a problem with all of the other acronym-laden law enforcement agencies not communicating very efficiently — if at all — and their near utter failure to prevent 9/11. (And I say “near” since the crash of United flight 93 in Shanksville was considered to have been something of a success — as if we’re supposed to forget the complete loss of life or something.)

      Any of our inter-national agencies like the CIA have been around since post World War II and the Truman administration (a Democrat). And one of the off-shoots of the CIA (pardon the pun) was the NSA which really began it’s life as a WWII code breaking group under the FDR administration (another hugely popular Democrat). All of these spy rings really came from the most ancient of all U.S. “departments” – the Defense Department and it’s sub group the War Department which I’m not sure even exists any more except maybe on paper.

      Other U.S. spy agencies have bee around even longer if you look at groups like the FBI which first began life in the early 20’s. Created during [D] Wilson’s administration and run mostly during the [R] Hoover years, the FBI had a somewhat lapse of authority from 1929 to 1934. But ever since 1934 the FBI has been up and running as a national entity. You may like to note that FDR didn’t take power until 1933 and that he is the guy who gave the FBI most of it’s current power. This was done mostly in reaction to the Nazi’s at the time — those “first terrorists” who you may recall hearing about somewhere.

      The U.S. Secret Service has been in existence even longer. The SS (think about THOSE initials for a second) have been around mostly since the assassination of [R] Abraham Lincoln! Some say the SS has been around even longer possibly since the American Revolution, just not officially.

      So the point I’m getting at is that it’s NOT necessarily all the Republican’s fault as you would seem to be implying. Quite the CONTRARY! It’s more like if a Republican created it that a Democrat later perverted it by giving away more unfettered power to those entities.

      But what did you expect? Democrats are all about taking power and expanding government. You only need to read a little HISTORY to see it. Democrats think expansion of AUTHORITY is necessary in order to maintain ORDER and some kind of twisted fairness.

      But in it’s truest form, Democrats are really all about fundamental SOCIALISM! And in case you forgot, socialism is a form of governance that totally ignores things like individual accomplishments and quashes things like freedom of expression. Yet this idea that everything needs to be equal and fair is very tempting to the masses of jealous fools who don’t care to elevate themselves. In fact, they always claim that it’s a rigged system — which IS sometimes a valid argument! But that battle cry is always the same. And it’s the battle cry of nearly every past DICTATOR and FAILING GOVERNMENT you ever care to look at!!!

      … Not that the Republican’s don’t have their faults. I just don’t see them quite as repugnant at the current time.

      • Wake Up says:

        +10

      • noname says:

        Dude (more BLEW than READ); you need to lay off the Republican kook-aid!!

        Republican President Dwight Eisenhower set up the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and other monstrosities. Republican Richard Nixon setup the EPA, and dozens of other new big-government programs.

        But you are right; today’s Republicans have no value or brains to invest in America, in a fiscally responsible manner!

        If you recall Reagan raised taxes several times, allowing and presiding over the sharp increase in federal level public sector employment!

        Don’t forget President Bush enacted legislation that squandered Clinton’s surplus by providing tax cuts almost entirely for the rich and then borrowing to wage war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bush’s gross mismanagement of the government led the economy and nation into its financial disaster; in free-fall and with unresolved wars!

        The Republicans invented the idea, any problem in the world is an excuse for the U.S. military to intervene, expand government powers with incursions into Libya, Nicaragua, Granada, El Salvador, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Panama, and the Philippines!

        What good has Ronald Reagan done the middle class with the 1980’s reducing of top marginal income tax rates from 70 percent to 28 percent?

        Republicans are the first ones asking the middle class to make sacrifices to fund and expand corporate welfare, all the while putting government first. Republicans are the ones telling people to sit down and shut up! Republicans created Homeland Security that started a patriotic war on American citizens, making domestic spying “official” and immersed Americans in a never ending, government expanding climate of fear!!

        The Republicans nature is that of a basic con, from the flop that Trickle-down economics is, to the Nixon/Reagan/GWB abuse of powers as Republicans always see themselves above the law.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and part time laid psychiatrist says:

          +12

          Let me make it just a bit better, then a bit worse:

          “Republicans are the first ones asking the middle class to make sacrifices to fund and expand corporate welfare, all the while putting government first.” /// —“putting the Republican Party first.” or “…Corporate America….”

          ….”putting the Criminal Rich first.”

          Its certainly NOT America. Not even the gubment as the gubment is not R vs D but rather “for the People.”

  2. MikeN says:

    Telling the courts a FoxNews reporter is a terrorist doesn’t help.

    • noname says:

      Bill” O’Reilly a terrorist, I can believe that!

      • Better READ than BLEW ...since no one can see BLACK or WHITE! says:

        He (Bill O’Reilly) is more like an intelligent pompous prima donna.

        Sure, he means well. And he does seem to have all the right answers (no pun intended). But it’s also a well known fact that he’s a bit of an elitist and something of a racist too. And it’s this huge character flaw that doesn’t exactly HELP anyone.

        You could say, he’s exhibit ONE of what’s wrong with the Republican’s.

        • Wake Up says:

          Interesting comment on O’Reilly.

          As he gets older, I sense he’s running out of patience and time to express what he believes cuts through the same old rhetorical bullshit (spin).

          Old people are viewed as cranks. Young people have little sense of history and are suckers for any half-baked “fresh” idea.

          Sadly though, most “folks” (young and old) are under-informed and will follow whoever gives them the most free stuff.

          Guess my age.

  3. noname says:

    What the world no longer buying the American illusion of being special and world leadership?

    Oh the horror of foreigners seeing us for what we are!

  4. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and part time laid psychiatrist says:

    Better READ than BLEW ///// Oh my Dear…this does not portend well–why not …..Both?

    …since no one can see BLACK or WHITE! //// Pure Rhetoric. Speak for yourself. Who says? Link?? Nonetheless says:
    2/12/2014 at 4:26 pm

    The “Department of Homeland Security” was started (implemented) by the Bush Cheney administration but was done so in agreement with CONGRESS! A Congress which had a considerable number of Democrats at the time and nearly all of whom voted for it too. /// Yep, Patriotism being the last but more importantly the FIRST refuge of a scoundrel. Guess where you can find the highest percentage of them?

    If you recall, this new “Homeland” department was created mostly as a response to a problem with all of the other acronym-laden law enforcement agencies not communicating very efficiently — if at all — /// Yes, often by specific LAWS preventing this as a recognition of balancing more important Constitutional Rights.

    and their near utter failure to prevent 9/11. (And I say “near” since the crash of United flight 93 in Shanksville was considered to have been something of a success — as if we’re supposed to forget the complete loss of life or something.) /// which had ZERO to do with the Gubment and everything to do with the HEROES on that flight.

    Any of our inter-national agencies like the CIA have been around since post World War II and the Truman administration (a Democrat). And one of the off-shoots of the CIA (pardon the pun) was the NSA which really began it’s life as a WWII code breaking group under the FDR administration (another hugely popular Democrat). /// The Chorus of “DEMONCRATS” makes it highly suspect you do not see in Black and White? That you blow any anaylysis you might otherwise be capable of?? What would your analysis lose if this irrelevant knee jerk recognition and reportage was EDITED OUT of your analysis? Think about it.

    All of these spy rings really came from the most ancient of all U.S. “departments” //// Ha, ha. So jejuene so American to think something 250 yo is “ancient”….but I dither.

    – the Defense Department and it’s sub group the War Department which I’m not sure even exists any more except maybe on paper. /// Pointless errant statements should be edited out……or connected. “Peace is our Profession” What power/understanding do you think LABELS provide any honest discussion?

    Other U.S. spy agencies have bee around even longer if you look at groups like the FBI which first began life in the early 20′s. /// Oh, so 90 years is older than what you call “ancient”? Ha, ha. You are on a steep slope of analytical nullity with the acclivity becoming rhetorical nonsense. I see you in animal skins yelping over the largest fire you can create into the darkness.

    Created during [D] Wilson’s administration and run mostly during the [R] Hoover years, the FBI had a somewhat lapse of authority from 1929 to 1934. But ever since 1934 the FBI has been up and running as a national entity. You may like to note that FDR didn’t take power until 1933 and that he is the guy who gave the FBI most of it’s current power. This was done mostly in reaction to the Nazi’s at the time — those “first terrorists” who you may recall hearing about somewhere. //// A history lesson. A block of cut and paste that can be inserted into almost any semi-relevant discussion. ie==its not analysis.

    The U.S. Secret Service has been in existence even longer. The SS (think about THOSE initials for a second) //// Ha, ha. Excellent analysis of a Monkey captured by its own reflection in the mirror. You find any “meaning” in mere coincidence? Silly Hooman.

    have been around mostly since the assassination of [R] Abraham Lincoln! Some say the SS has been around even longer possibly since the American Revolution, just not officially. /// What usually follows “Some Say?”===yep, total made up CRAP.

    So the point I’m getting at is ……..//// I can’t wait…..

    that it’s NOT necessarily all the Republican’s fault as you would seem to be implying. /// HEY DILDO!!!==good acute thinking requires the removal of weasel words like not necessarily and seem. Just Look: your use of equivocating words undermines whatever point you want to make later. You demonstrate the failure your own nom de flame irronically highlights — where is the Black and White recognition of right and wrong you wish to remonstrate??? Or did you mean to include yourself in such proclamation?

    Quite the CONTRARY! It’s more like if a Republican created it that a Democrat later perverted it by giving away more unfettered power to those entities. /// “it?” Expressly name your antecedents and connect them to the issue you are trying and FAILING to explicate.

    But what did you expect? Democrats are all about taking power and expanding government. You only need to read a little HISTORY to see it. //// Ha, ha. YOU need to read more than a little History. Take a few logic classes, and speech cleasses, and buy a dictionary and actually use it?

    Democrats think expansion of AUTHORITY is necessary in order to maintain ORDER and some kind of twisted fairness. /// A little history: read the beginning of your own post and who created the NSA. Who first put their nose under the tent?? NOT TO BLAME PUKES. just not to blame the Dumbos as if they are to “blame” in your Label Fetish.

    But in it’s truest form, Democrats are really all about fundamental SOCIALISM! // What do you mean by weaseling SOCIALISM with fundamental?

    And in case you forgot, socialism is a form of governance that totally ignores things like individual accomplishments and quashes things like freedom of expression. /// Oh. If that is your definition, so pure, then fundamental “anything” is just about impossible. The real world is grubby. Not pure.

    Yet this idea that everything needs to be equal and fair is very tempting to the masses of jealous fools who don’t care to elevate themselves. /// Like lifting both feet off the ground? Ha, ha. YOU didn’t build that. So true. My definition of FUNCTIONAL Socialism: Gubment action towards the common good. No country/group of people exist without it. Rather Darwinian (sic!)

    In fact, they always claim that it’s a rigged system — which IS sometimes a valid argument! /// Who they? You are raving now.

    But that battle cry is always the same. And it’s the battle cry of nearly every past DICTATOR and FAILING GOVERNMENT you ever care to look at!!! /// ….”which IS sometimes a valid argument.” Ha, ha. What a douche.

    … Not that the Republican’s don’t have their faults. I just don’t see them quite as repugnant at the current time. //// ……and there it is.

    Silly Hooman.

    • Tim says:

      “”which had ZERO to do with the Gubment and everything to do with the HEROES on that flight.

      Well, if all it takes to be a HERO is to be murdered by Gubment then we are all heros. Ohh, but that has somewhat less than ZERO to do with gubment — Wether its ‘elements’ of gubment, shadow gobment, or We The People ‘gubment’ does not change the fact that 911 was an inside job and flt 93 was broke apart by a missile {according to both Cheney and Rumsfeld and physical evidence like a six mile zone of debris upstream of the ‘crashing’} before magically appearing in the ‘scar’ in Shanksville — a scar which is visible exactly the same in old geological survey maps of the area.

      Stop with the fake Jessica lynch, and Pat tillman, and Mark Bingham HERO stories, for fucks’ sake.

      10:00:37 — (Up, down. Saeed, up, down.)

      10:00:42 — Roll it. <– {some HEROic effort to dodge a missile?

      10:00:55 — Unintelligible.

      10:00:59 — (Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest.)

      10:01:01 — Unintelligible.

      http://foxnews.com/story/2006/04/12/text-flight-3-recording/

    • Tim says:

      If I was going to berate that guy then it would be on the grounds of ‘or’ vs ‘nor’ as in black NOR white… just sounds more intelligent, I think.

  5. Captain Obvious says:

    There’s reporters in the US? News to me.

  6. Captain Obvious says:

    I checked out the list. All those Godless socialists in the top 20.

  7. steelcobra says:

    “The trial of and conviction of Private Bradley Manning”

    Who was not a whistleblower. He was a pissed off little miscreant who was only in the Army long enough because the Army was critically short of people in his MOS.

    There was no rhyme or reason to what he pulled and sent to wikileaks, just whatever he could snag from classified networks.

    Compare that then, to Snowden. He saw an extensive breach of the peoples’ privacy and rights and that the official whistleblower protections were useless, and collected and released pertinent information on that and that alone.

    • MikeN says:

      No he released much more than that. Wasn’t just NSA reading people’s e-mail that he exposed. Revealing a UK internet monitoring station in the Middle East. Communications of Medvedev and Putin that were intercepted. CIA stations in Latin America. Types of spying being done in China. Al Qaeda whose e-mail NSA is reading. Spying on Al-Jazeera intranet. What is known about Al Qaeda efforts to hack drones.

      • noname says:

        He released America playing video games killing innocent reporters, children while mocking “come on fire”….”look at those dead bastards”…!

        Of course no one was held accountable but Manning for daring to expose blatant American wrongs, bringing light in hopes of bringing justice (justice which America is not capable of anymore)!

        • Tim says:

          Yes. That video.
          ]
          Collateral Murder
          http://youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

          unedited but with “journeyman tv” watermarked on it:
          http://youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

          It sure shows how they were winning hearts and minds (and murdering journalists) with such an endearing demeanor — Those who come home and aren’t made HEROs by gubment or just make themselves HEROs with one-to-the-temple are already being drawn into the police forces these past several years; They are so very eager to do a good job to —

          Murder of Kelly Thomas:
          http://youtube.com/watch?v=1po6Sic5lOU

          Bad apples(??) and all.

          • noname says:

            Cops demand we respect them and worship them as HEROs, not as public servants, who we pay and who they are.

            They expect citizens to fall prostrate in adoration on command. Lucky for me I haven’t encountered this kind of treatment, probably because I don’t fit some judgmental profile their reptilian pea brain have. My few traffic related encounters have always left me with sense of what power crazed jerks (they kind you met in high school), who feel they are God’s gift to society and are looking for any excuse to rain a ton of bricks on someones head! Even in causal conversation, they publicly berate people expecting if not demanding your approval of their assessment and get very angry if you ask clarifying and probing questions or show any doubt about them.

            Cops have less self control (Bulked up Roid rage monsters) and more legal latitude for blatant abuse then solders do on the battle field! They like to claim how stressful their jobs are abusing citizens. Cops (Bulked up Roid rage monsters) team together and cover up their rampant spousal abuse!

            Then when you see our chickenhearted courts doing nothing to protect the public from their abuses and instead using any sham reasoning to justifying their blatant abuse, you know the courts are fueling some future public community riot.

          • Tim says:

            “”Lucky for me I haven’t encountered this kind of treatment

            Lucky for you. I get that kind of treatment every single casual encounter with those fuck-mother bastards. They have *long memories* {permanent annotated (by cops) records that pops up on their screens after license plate reading} , you see?

            Mine pops up as *extremely violent* even though my pussy-ass fist has never contacted any other part of a human body in my life.

            The incident that earned me that title goes all the way back to 1985 where the initial offense was *54 in a 40* trying to merge into traffic. Guns to my head; Lying DA’s; Fat slobs in court testifying “my life flashed before my eyes” as his failed TIPS landed him in the ditch, and several motorcycle cops laid over because they could not slow and turn in gravel medians 1/2 mile behind me goes a long way to leave a stigma.

            I swear to God, the next cop that asks me if I have knives or grenades is going to get the response — “I have a cherry, mint quality grenade right here….opps, I seemed to have accidentally dropped the pin into this spitoon so I guess I can knock a few dollars off it for that……

  8. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and part time laid psychiatrist says:

    Hey Timmy–how can you have a failed TIPS without a refusal to stop and a chase?

    Conspiracy theory for Flt 93 huh? Thats not consistent with the collection of mighty fine tangents you have sent this forum down, but it is consistent with creating another conspiracy over AGW.

    People and Things. Often disturbingly consistent.

    • Tim says:

      Well, bobbo; I meant to say the PIT maneuver. Just for future reference, don’t try that if you are in an 1984 Dodge Diplomat and are trying to take out a 5700 lb (with spare tire in the trunk) 1969 Thunderbird with a guy behind the wheel that sees vector elastic collisions in his head before he took weak to a landmark right-to-travel fight… ^^ that sentence needs work.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIT_maneuver

    • Tim says:

      “”but where comes a Flt 93 conspiracy?

      You caught me, bobbo; There was no flight debis in that landscape scar. I need to update my openly-documented global government pronouncement to say “we don’t know what happened to flt 93 execpt that the phone call was fake and there was no plane found — hardly something that would suggest *conspiracy*. I’m pretty sure most people are using that term wrongly just as when someone that is totally non-gay asks you if you would like a *bump* of coccain.

  9. MikeN says:

    Eric Holder also committed perjury in the James Rosen case.

  10. A hasty generalization, we should be much lower. Most of the populace gets it news from the Regime advocates network TV, few actually read contrary information from the various partisan sites on the Net.

    As the major networks, Hollywood and main stream press are an extension of the DNC, the actual information most get is closer to N Korea, than not.

    Factor in the latest directive from Obama, that one’s tax liability vis a vis Obama care depends upon corporate silence about layoffs:

    http://rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/02/12/stalinist_lawlessness_companies_must_swear_to_irs_they_didn_t_fire_employees_because_of_obamacare

    Its clear the Obama Regime has achieved Stalinist parity when it comes to negative news against the Regime.

  11. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and part time laid psychiatrist says:

    Tim interestingly says:
    2/13/2014 at 5:16 pm

    Well, bobbo; I meant to say the PIT maneuver. /// Yep, but what you meant was clear. Cops ought to know the limits/applicability of the maneuver. I assume you were caught and found guilty of something and had to pay for the cop car damages? Maybe you can answer what I always wonder: why did you not stop? What the issue is, not stopping only makes it worse?? Or is there a play to make?

    Just for future reference, don’t try that if you are in an 1984 Dodge Diplomat and are trying to take out a 5700 lb (with spare tire in the trunk) 1969 Thunderbird /// Thata a funky car. I “almost” bought a used one that had a powdered green paint job worth more than the rest of the car. I bought a “Jagolet” instead. It was a good choice, but I always think about the alternative path.

    with a guy behind the wheel that sees vector elastic collisions in his head before he took weak to a landmark right-to-travel fight… ^^ that sentence needs work. /// Hey–I was gonna say that. You took flight on the duty to edit as well??? Ha, ha. The right to travel does not include the right to ignore cops. Something more than “elastic” going on there…… whatever.

    I can understand people expanding many issues and suspicions into an unacceptance of AGW…but where comes a Flt 93 conspiracy? Put them both together, and you got a personality disorder. Shows what happens when you engage a total stranger for more than simply saying hello.

    Note, I’m not a psychiatrist, pyschologist, or even survey specialist. But I enjoy the notion.

    • Tim says:

      “”I assume you were caught and found guilty of something and had to pay for the cop car damages? Maybe you can answer what I always wonder: why did you not stop?

      I may as well spill it here; As I’ve said, I’m already on the list.

      Why did I not stop? I was a teenager getting hassled every day I would drive the 30 miles outside this particular cesspit city in order to spend quality time learning many things about the physical world and limits of the human body at a flooded rock quarry. I had just gotten done escorting vacation bible school kids off the bus and drove into town to buy a couple audio outs for an old console stereo. Upon leaving and trying to merge into 60 mph traffic (overpass), here come the pig — A ‘fuck it’ moment occurred –While I don’t condone the practice, I certainly understand the sentiment and mindset of why palestinians blow themselves up over dinner with their more-chosen inlaws.

      I safely as possible did what the car was capable of. It turned out to be much more capable in a much safer manner than officers fuckme. — Yes, I was caught (I stopped as I could no longer maneuver safely with a bent tie-rod) my last ‘statement’ was to lightly contact a final patrol car (1/2 mph) and then gunned it shoving him sideways into a ditch. As the smoke was clearing, a fist came into the open window (audio feedback is important for safety) missing my jaw but quickly followed by no less than 11 guns to my head.

      Six damaged patrol cars (two unmarked), and three laid-over motorcycle cops. Insurance covered the cars but one of the charges was attempted murder for pushing the fattest of slobs, one of the would-be PITSers named Jim Williams into that median. Incidentally, It took less than a month for motorcycle cops to never be seen patrolling that city again; They were over a mile behind me where I turned to go back north so as not to endanger traffic. They had no rhyme nor reason to lay those bikes over unless they were that untrained, unskilled, or did it on purpose.

      It WAS a safety issue — letter of law of 40 on the onramp is not consistent with merging.

      But this particular town was a police state test case for a very long time — They had brought in a police chief from up north where they shake down real good there. — That particular chief was later found naked in his neighbors’ kitchen babbling that *the mob* was coming to kill him. Such a flamming asshole with a name like Sal Vizzini probably knew what he was ranting about as they hauled him away.

      “”you got a personality disorder

      Perhaps it would be called ‘explosive personality disorder’?? because it happened again eleven years later — Again, it was a safety issue.

      It was January, 1996 and the roads had been *closed* all week. I had an expensive piece of equipment riding with me back to work and grew sick of all the clusterfuck where people were constrained to mingle on the solid ice below the overpasses. The overpasses were clear, for the most part so I ran the barricade and continued on. I was surprized to find them clear but then there was a cop sitting at my offramp. I pulled over, handed him my liscense, accepted and signed my ticket, and then had him tell me “Now you better pull off right here and ‘drive like somebody’ “. So, I did.

      A little backstory here — It turns out the cops had the interstates still shut down so that they could practice *unconventional ticketing tactics* (their words). But on the news the night before they stated that “if a road can’t be safely driven on at the posted speed then that road is closed”. So, as I swore to the cop “I WILL!!”, I peeled off leaving him holding my ticket and my liscense. I made it a point to travel at exactly twice the posted speed on every road I took.

      The ’76 cherokee with the hopped-up 360 and all-wheel drive did not dissapoint. I drifted it at 60 mph up the snowy onramp and punched it all the way to 130 down the (dry) interstate as the cops which were already lined up along it were firing guns. Firing at someone they knew had done nothing but disobey. I took the offramp where they had set up a block with their cars — I guess they already had that ‘long memory’ because as I showed no intentions of slowing that body-lifted behemoth, they opened the block for me.

      One officer still two miles from me had a wreck due to components of traffic he served to congest — that one was laid on me as ‘assaulting an officer’. I made it to my destination with my package intact, rushed to open the door just as one of them clocked me with his stick, and shouted “He’s going to suffocate me!” for all to hear. It wasn’t twenty seconds before 100 people who knew me witnessed an officer doing that suffocating thing with his weight impeding the diaphram {breathing was already difficult from pepper spray} — If it wasn’t for those witnesses, I’d be just another HERO now.

      ^^ Would you believe that the charges of *wreckless driving* were dropped over that one?? I strongly suspect it was because the lawyer wanted to introduce surveillance camera evidence of my negotiating on and off ramps — {paid for by COG funding} cameras that were denied to exist at that time.

      Elastic. Hmm. Inelastic would be the more physically correct situation with all the crunching metal getting hot during the interactions. Hmm. Inelastic collision can take lots of energy out of what the body eventually encounters but it can sure leave a vehicle undrivable. It would be desirable for only a half-elastic collision. I think I’ll attach the oak 10×10 bumper on, next time.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and part time laid psychiatrist says:

        Well, thats quite the tale. Thank you.

        All the major incidents/happenings in our lives get calcified in our memories. A story told that becomes myth to various degrees depending on the personality doing the memory routine. Fun to “really” think about.

        Teenager … huh. I was a teenager once. Full of piss and vinegar….downright stoopid. It sounds like you still haven’t figured out much about what happened and why? On a net/net basis were your chosen actions those that you admire, or on a different take, were those decisions the one’s needed to maximize your enjoyment of life?

        Eating a little bit of shit from the cops is certainly better than getting choked out/jail time by the same cops. Shit is like that. There is a little bit of shit in everything we eat. In fact: its everywhere. Shit has a bad reputation, especially among teenagers.

        Teenagers: an excess of hormones in a partially wired brain all wrapped in a package of limited experience and even less reflection.

        As we age, thinking about what we have done and how to get the best outcome is supposed to grow us out of such inevitabilities.

        Hmmmm…let me read your post again……………..no, you did not answer except by extended inference (which is not you answering but rather me answering) the question posed: why did you not stop?

        40 mph to merge? Suicide indeed! Like you, I try to exceed the speed limit to merge when entering the freeway. Its easier to slow down than to speed up. Like you, it is certainly a safety issue, to others and ourselves. “They” can’t mean 40mph to merge…..I wonder what they do mean.

        Well, I came somewhat close to your experience..perhaps. Although I was in my Jagolet, in a 3 piece suit, and I was middle aged. I was on the Freeway and the red lights came on behind me. I forget the “details” but there was no shoulder I thought was safe to stop on….so I slowed to 65 and drove about 3 miles to where the shoulder was safe, in my opinion. The cop was quite expressive about his anger that I had not stopped. I said: “I stopped as soon as I thought it was safe to do so.” He said: “You should stop as soon as I put the lights on you.” I said: “Really? Seems rather dangerous, but I will do that next time.” He seemed to settle down after that….even though, as a careful reader you can still hear the teenager in me? Ha, ha.

        Cops. They are necessary……. and they are dangerous.

        Have you learned that yet?

  12. Egon Ruuda says:

    Geepers kreepers batman worse than fucking Romania?!?! That can not be correct, the freedom of the press to atleast some degree at least exists whilst it does not in Bucharest.