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Name: Steve
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I understand WHY the cops want forced blood tests....

but....I'm sorry, to forcibly draw your blood, warrant or no warrant, to me smacks of being locked up in prison, where your civil rights are severely limited. Revoke the license. Lock the sucker up for at least 24 hours. Maybe....impound or confiscate the vehicle. But...no forcible blood tests. I just can't get on board with that law. I might feel differently if a loved one had died at the hands of a drunk driver, but right now, I can't endorse it.

So, adult Halloween revelers, what costume will you be sporting this year ?

ATM I'm not planning to do Halloween, but I know many adults do. IMHO nothing beats the giant penis costume in San Francisco in 1989, that someone else was wearing. Laughed my ass off

Atlantic: Post-Tropical Cyclone Cristobal ; Pacific: NOTHING, amazing indeed !

Post-Tropical Cyclone Cristobal

Florida condo owners being forced out make plea to governor

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101951641

Florida condominium owners in danger of losing their homes are making a final desperate plea, hoping that Gov. Rick Scott will intervene.

These owners are not in foreclosure, nor are they behind on their mortgages. Instead they are being threatened by a group of developers, Madison Oaks Partners, who are using a Florida state law originally designed to protect homeowners from natural disaster, to terminate the condominium agreement and force them to sell their units.

The developers seek to convert the Tampa area complex into more lucrative rental apartments. They could take over the complex at a board meeting Sept. 5.

"The governor needs to step in and halt these forced terminations immediately. We don't have much time," said Stephanie Krasowski, one of the remaining owners at the Madison Oaks complex. Krasowski, who like others, bought her unit at the peak of the last housing boom, has led the fight against the developers, starting a group that now represents more than 1,000 Florida condominium owners.


It may be perfectly legal under Florida law, but I find this pretty horrible. YMMV. Governor Voldemort will probably not give a rats's ass.

Hello, I'm Steve and I have HelloKittyPTSD

Should I petition Skinner for a new group ? My world has crumbled.

(yes I'm joking and yes PTSD is a very serious condition, which deserves compassion and much better public funding and research)

For reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018658654

TN Highway Patrol to conduct 'no refusal' enforcement Labor Day weekend

http://www.wkrn.com/story/26358249/thp-to-conduct-no-refusal-enforcement-labor-day-weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “no refusal” enforcement campaign this Labor Day weekend.

It goes into effect at Midnight Friday, Aug. 29 and concludes at Midnight Monday, Sept. 1.

The “no refusal” campaign means that if a driver is pulled over for suspected drinking and driving they cannot refuse to take a blood test. It allows law enforcement to seek search warrants for blood samples if they suspect someone is driving while impaired.

“Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘no refusal' enforcements,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.

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So they can strap someone down and draw blood against their will ? I'm not a civil rights lawyer, but this seems illegal to me.


ETA:
Approval for involuntary blood draws is typically attained via telephone as judge magistrates will remain on standby throughout the weekend to handle officers’ requests.
from this link: http://benswann.com/tn-cops-to-draw-blood-at-labor-day-weekend-no-refusal-dui-checkpoints/

Even with a judge's consent, this just seems pretty extreme.

Florida condo owners being forced out make plea to governor

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101951641

Florida condominium owners in danger of losing their homes are making a final desperate plea, hoping that Gov. Rick Scott will intervene.

These owners are not in foreclosure, nor are they behind on their mortgages. Instead they are being threatened by a group of developers, Madison Oaks Partners, who are using a Florida state law originally designed to protect homeowners from natural disaster, to terminate the condominium agreement and force them to sell their units.

The developers seek to convert the Tampa area complex into more lucrative rental apartments. They could take over the complex at a board meeting Sept. 5.

"The governor needs to step in and halt these forced terminations immediately. We don't have much time," said Stephanie Krasowski, one of the remaining owners at the Madison Oaks complex. Krasowski, who like others, bought her unit at the peak of the last housing boom, has led the fight against the developers, starting a group that now represents more than 1,000 Florida condominium owners.

Rainbow world: the most colourful places on Earth – in pictures, just gorgeous IMHO ! PIC HEAVY

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/aug/27/rainbow-world-the-most-colourful-places-on-earth-in-pictures






















more at link above

Newsflash: Hello Kitty has never been a cat

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/28/newsflash-hello-kitty-has-never-been-a-cat/

Well, I'll BE.... I always thought she was a cat !

AAJA And MPAC Demand Action After Fox Host Advocated For Violence Against Muslims

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/08/28/aaja-and-mpac-demand-action-after-fox-host-advo/200578

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are demanding action from Fox News after a host linked all Muslims to terrorists and advocated for violence against practitioners of the faith.

In an August 27 statement, the Asian American Journalist Association condemned Fox co-host Andrea Tantaros for making blanket statements conflating all Muslims to the Islamic State and advocating for violence against them. AAJA called on the network to apologize:

AAJA calls for Tantaros and Fox News to apologize for the irresponsible, inflammatory statements. We also call on Fox News to discourage its journalists from making blanket comments that serve to perpetuate hate and Islamophobia.

Muslims and Islam are not interchangeable terms with terrorists or ISIS. We in the media know better and must be vigilant in our choice of words.


The AAJA joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council in their outrage over the offensive Fox segment. MPAC previously called for the network to fire Tantaros following her inflammatory statements.
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