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johncoby2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:40 PM
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No place but Texas. Gov Perry vetos ban on texting while driving
The bill was passed by the House and Senate and vetoed by the governor because it was a "a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults".

Uh...it was an effort to manage KID's behavior.

OUr governor is a fucking idiot.

http://governor.state.tx.us/news/veto/16283/
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Seedersandleechers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:42 PM
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1. Damn!
Now that is cold. What an ass.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:44 PM
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2. I have a God given right to be killed by someone texting while driving!
:yoiks:
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nobodyspecial Donating Member (309 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:47 PM
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3. Might as well allow drunk driving as well
It's also "a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults".
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:57 PM
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8. That was my first thought
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:10 PM
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14. we sit at stop light and watch car after car, with driver texting and talking on cell.
i cannot tell you how many cars, recently, have drifted into my lane and i have to move out of their way or honk cause i have nowhere to go. i feel like i am doing all the driving for these people.

the up side? my 16 yr old is catching all this and i never talk on cell driving and dont do text. his father has stopped to. so fingers crossed kids wont be so stupid.

i tell them as bad, if not worse, than drinking and driving
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Vanje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:49 PM
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4. A similar bill went down in Idaho
"interfering with folk's personal liberties"
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:50 PM
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5. Good, I already get enough tickets for the seat belt crap here, don't care to add more for that.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:55 PM
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6. Wow. Quite the libertarian (nt)
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:06 PM
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12. yippy, so we can all keep eye out for you since you are too busy to be driving. nt
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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:41 PM
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15. then a sane person would buckle up.
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:49 PM
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25. You also worship trade deals and outsourcing that cost millions of US workers their jobs.
Keep those right wing talking points coming.

:eyes:
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 02:57 AM
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28. Uh maybe if you buckled your seat belt
you wouldn't keep getting tickets, duh. :think:
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catabryna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 08:56 PM
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7. I'm sorry...
I know what it is like to live under Governor Good Hair. Glad I moved before the recession set in.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:02 PM
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9. And does he hold the same opinion in regards to abortion rights?
It's wrong to micromanage the behavior of adults but OK to micromanage the womb of a female. Seems to me the man is a hypocrite.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:03 PM
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18. I wish he was the same on abortion rights
Alas, he's a hypocrite to the core. Gov. Goodhair just signed into law the ultrasound before abortion bill.
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gejohnston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:03 PM
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10. If you hit someone while texting,
would that not still be reckless driving?
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:06 PM
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11. government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults... really? so i can speed, not wear
seatbelts? what about all the religious oriented rules
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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:09 PM
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13. It should always be illegal to drive while 1. Intoxicated and 2. Doing anything overly distracting
You shouldn't drive with animals on your lap.

You shouldn't drive while texting.

You shouldn't drive while talking on a hand held cell phone.

You shouldn't drive while masturbating (very often).

You shouldn't drive while doing anything that puts you at risk of losing the wheel or not paying attention to whats going on around you.

We all agree, I imagine, that driving while drunk is highly irreponsible. You are endangering the lives of others when you take that risk. Its illegal for a reason. The same idea goes for driving while doing something else that requires more than thoughtless changing of the radio station or carrying on a casual conversation with your passenger. People have and will end up getting killed over stupid, hairless ape behavior like this. Opposable thumbs are great to have. But you can still do really dumb shit with them.
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theophilus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 09:55 PM
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16. Unfortunately someone will die partly because of his action. I hope the family members
sue him for every cent he has, or ever will have. And I hope they WIN!
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:02 PM
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17. SFR...
Stupid "Freaking" Republicans. (Middle word is Exchangeable )
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:11 PM
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19. Sounds like something good to use against him
in his expected attempt to get the Republicon nomination. Rachel Maddow really has me worried about this assclown.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:21 PM
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20. More Darwin awards.
I've seen reports of several people in Texas being killed due to texting while driving, or talking on a cell phone while driving.

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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:33 PM
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23. yeah, but darwin awards are about being a victim of one's own stupidity
I imagine those killed due to texting or talking while driving are not always (or even usually, I'd guess) the people actually doing the texting/talking.
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bmbmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:35 PM
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21. On a more personal note for me-
he also vetoed a ban on airboat traffic in the eighteen mile stretch of the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake. This stretch of river, some of Texas' most scenic waterways, is my home water. More than once I have been nearly swamped by airboat zooming down the narrow, rocky, confines of the Brazos Valley.
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/17/3161413/texting...
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Duke Newcombe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:29 PM
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22. Which is worse, really?
A) that this backwards asshat Governor vetoed this, or
B) that I have to share a country with backwards-assed people who are cheering this?

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justabob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:38 PM
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24. I hate him so much
Un-fucking-believable. Now the insurance companies have an easy way to bump up our rates too.... not that they need one. Asshole. I wonder when the last time he actually had to drive himself around was. Our drivers are really bad before we even add in phone/texting. Really. :mad:
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Irritable Liberal Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 01:45 AM
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26. He also supports the anti-sodomy laws in Texas
Edited on Sun Jun-19-11 01:45 AM by Irritable Liberal
Asshole hypocrite. If that isn't 'micromanaging the behavior of adults" the nothing nothing is.
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Irritable Liberal Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 01:49 AM
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27. 25 people died in a train wreck in Los Angeles because of texting
25 people died in the Chatsworth train crash in Sep, 2008 because the engineer ran through a red light because he was texting.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 07:51 AM
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29. Don't mess with Textas.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 07:54 AM
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30. Uh what about seat belt loves Govner
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 07:58 AM
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31. Idiotic Libertarian thought.
.... is infecting a larger and larger number of Republicans these days. He's going to RUE THE DAY he pulled this little stunt when some kid is run over by a texting driver.

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Flying Dream Blues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 08:58 AM
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32. That or something like it happens every day. Do you think he cares? No rueing for him,
trust me on this one. He is completely evil and without redeeming qualities.
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Brooklyns_Finest Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-11 10:19 AM
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33. Blue tooth text
This should come out in a couple of years. If you have a car with an in-dash screen, there should be a function to enable blue tooth text. You'd still have the problem of a persons eyes a way from the road, but it would still be substantially safer than texting while driving.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 04:08 AM
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34. We can't even get a texting ban before the Idaho governor
In the 2010 session the Legislature produced a good solid texting-while-driving ban. The Senate wanted to declare texting-while-driving a misdemeanor offense. Okay, that's a LITTLE harsh, so the House wrote a nice bill that said texting while driving was going to be a civil infraction--$50 plus court costs for the first offense, $100 plus costs for the second. So far so good. The Senate amended the bill to create a misdemeanor offense for causing damage while texting. The bill went back to the House, where one Raul Labrador killed it because he wasn't happy with the misdemeanor provisions of the bill. (And then the stupid fuck got elected to Congress. We were better off with Walt Minnick.)

The 2011 session produced a bill that was stupendous in its idiocy: Texting while driving would only be illegal if it distracted the driver. That one died a well-deserved death.

What I cannot understand is, this is 2011. There is Internet connectivity in this state. There are computers in this state. How fucking hard would it be to use one of these computers and some of this Internet connectivity to go to some other state's Senate website, download a texting-while-driving ban law that another governor has already signed, change the name of that state to "Idaho" everywhere it appears, and drop the damn thing into the hopper?
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