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Special License Plates Shield Officials From Traffic Tickets(California)
orange county register ^ | April 4, 2008 | JENNIFER MUIR

Posted on 04/05/2008 6:56:50 AM PDT by kellynla

It's 1:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in February and a Toyota Camry is driving west on the 91 Express Lanes, for free, for the 470th time.

The electronic transponder on the dashboard – used to bill tollway users – is inactive. The Camry's owners, airport traffic officer Rudolph Duplessis and his wife, Loretta, have never had a toll road account, officials say.

They've never received a violation notice in the mail, either. Their car is registered as part of a state program which hides their home address on Department of Motor Vehicles records. The agency that operates the tollway does not have legal access to their address.

Their Toyota is one of 996,716 vehicles registered to motorists who are affiliated with 1,800 state and local agencies and who are allowed to shield their addresses under the Confidential Records Program.

An Orange County Register investigation has found that the program, designed 30 years ago to protect police from criminals, has been expanded to cover hundreds of thousands of public employees – from police dispatchers to museum guards – who face little threat from the public. Their spouses and children can get the plates, too.

This has happened despite warnings from state officials that the safeguard is no longer needed because updated laws have made all DMV information confidential to the public.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; corruption; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; licenseplates; revenuetickets; traffictickets
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Is this a great state or what! LOL
1 posted on 04/05/2008 6:56:51 AM PDT by kellynla
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Related piece:

“DMV wants $8,442 for list of agencies with protected plates”
http://www.ocregister.com/article/program-dmv-records-2012250-register-million


2 posted on 04/05/2008 6:57:47 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: calcowgirl; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge

ping

Ya might want to alert our fellow Californians...


3 posted on 04/05/2008 6:58:39 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
one of 996,716 <

Some are more equal, and that is quite a sum.

4 posted on 04/05/2008 7:01:44 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: kellynla
Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA? Weather is not reason enough to put up with such fascist tyranny.

BTW, Arguably, earthquakes, brushfires and mudslides are "weather"

5 posted on 04/05/2008 7:03:19 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: kellynla
Is this a great state or what! LOL

California certainly is not the only state that enables public officials to live above the law. In Maryland, some cops in Montgomery county refuse to pay speeding tickets that they received from speeding cameras while driving police cars.

It is too bad these people cannot be fired and permanently disallowed from ever working for government again. But of course, this is why so many people in this country have nothing but feelings of cynicism and contempt for government in general, because anyone who is "on the inside" gets a free pass while everyone else has to obey the law.

6 posted on 04/05/2008 7:04:17 AM PDT by pnh102
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To: muir_redwoods

Well in Conn. you have blizzards. I think there is no place in USA that is totally devoid of natural disaster - earthquake, blizzard, flood, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, mudslides, volcanos, etc. We thought maybe New Mexico, but it has that “dormant” volcano.


7 posted on 04/05/2008 7:08:45 AM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming/Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA? Weather is not reason enough to put up with such fascist tyranny.

I think it's because California has some very interesting crimes.

8 posted on 04/05/2008 7:09:41 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Who's worried about the Bolsheviks? They couldn't be worse than the Tsar!)
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To: kellynla

LOL, parents need to get their children into the lucrative government business - - generous pension and benefits, essentially unfireable, easy hours, work at your own pace, retire in your fifties, maybe even your forties....


9 posted on 04/05/2008 7:10:25 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: kellynla
It's 1:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in February and a Toyota Camry is driving west on the 91 Express Lanes, for free, for the 470th time.

I'm glad to see that someone is finally telling the public the real reason that we have to put up with the traffic congestion caused by the use of Diamond Lanes out here on the Left Coast.

The fact that the politicians can drive the Diamond Lanes free of the car pool restriction is that reason. It is the only reason. It certainly a fact that Diamond Lanes take up way more real estate on our freeways than can possibly be justified by any improvement in traffic flow that theoretically results in the greater use of car pools. That simply didn't happen in sufficient numbers to justify the continued deployment of our Diamond Lanes. It is way past time to bury this bad idea.

10 posted on 04/05/2008 7:10:41 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: kellynla

Another example of why every family should have a member who either works for the government or is an attorney.


11 posted on 04/05/2008 7:12:48 AM PDT by subterfuge
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To: muir_redwoods
Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA?

Three children and four grandsons all within a 45-minute drive. You will put up with a lot of Left Coast nonsense for that privilege.

12 posted on 04/05/2008 7:13:06 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: kellynla

And don’t tell me, let me guess......98% of these people are Democrats, right? Do I get the brass ring for cutting to the core of the problem? They are getting closer and closer to the old Pol communists with their job perks. Yes, some ARE more equal than others.


13 posted on 04/05/2008 7:17:26 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: muir_redwoods
BTW, Arguably, earthquakes, brushfires and mudslides are "weather"

No, no, noooooo! Those things are the "result" of evil humans breathing, living life and having those dastardly fleshly desires for food, clothing and shelter.....polluting the purity of their surroundings by their existence......disturbing Gaia in the process.

14 posted on 04/05/2008 7:17:35 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: kellynla

Who thinks this is limited to Kalifornia? LOL! This sort of thing is NORMAL in govt. Bureaucrats regularly get away with crimes that would put regular citizens in jail. They are quite brazen. You should see the crud that goes on in any govt office... State, local or Federal. Right now the entire executive structure of the DOD under the new NSPS system is systematically stealing every cent they can for personal pay raises and bounses. Nothing can be done, even though these civilian traitors are ruining our war fighting capabilites.


15 posted on 04/05/2008 7:17:40 AM PDT by Seruzawa (A skeleton walks into a bar and asks for a beer and a mop.)
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To: kellynla

16 posted on 04/05/2008 7:19:13 AM PDT by nralife
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To: kellynla

Those of us old enough remember a time when California was the Promised Land, when we would watch the sunshine-covered Rose Parade while the snow piled up outside, or the women “wished they all could be California girls”.

Now California is essentially a Third World slum, with all the attendant corruption, crime, filth, and dismal quality of life more in tune with Tegucigalpa. So many people are leaving that if you factor out the illegals, it is LOSING population.

Maybe it’s time to give it back to Mexico. In a very few years, when the Hispanic population exceeds 51%, they will be voting secession anyhow, so let’s save all the trouble and let them have it.


17 posted on 04/05/2008 7:23:36 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: buffyt
Well in Conn. you have blizzards. I think there is no place in USA that is totally devoid of natural disaster - earthquake, blizzard, flood, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, mudslides, volcanos, etc. We thought maybe New Mexico, but it has that “dormant” volcano.

New Mexico is supposed to be the safest state regarding natural disasters, but it does have other problems (drunk driving, tailgaters, Democrats).

It's true that the Jemez mountains are a huge volcano that is supposed to blow up every 200,000 years or so. I've heard it's due.

18 posted on 04/05/2008 7:23:43 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: kellynla

Some animals are more equal.

/sarcasm>


19 posted on 04/05/2008 7:26:02 AM PDT by F-117A (Mr. Bush, have someone read UN Resolution 1244 to you!!!)
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To: Disambiguator

“It’s true that the Jemez mountains are a huge volcano that is supposed to blow up every 200,000 years or so. I’ve heard it’s due.”

Who documented that it blew up 200,000 years ago?


20 posted on 04/05/2008 7:28:57 AM PDT by shaft29 (Just your typical white woman.)
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To: muir_redwoods

“Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA?”

Next time you’re in the area, let me know and I’ll give you the “Cooks Tour”

Orange county is mighty nice...and where I live there are NO Lefties allowed LOL, no gangs, very little crime, no earthquakes, no floods, no burshfires, no floods and/or no mudslides.(Fountain Valley) Just perfect weather, great water sports, beautiful country and Dodgers, Angels, Lakers and when the Ducks & Kings remember how to play, some pretty good hockey LOL
Only place in the states besides Hawaii where you can go surfing in the A.M. and snow ski/boarding in the P.M.
sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

But we do have some crackpots in Sacramento but if the Lefties continue to abort their offspring and Conservatives continue to flourish; we’ll soon solve that problem at the pols!


21 posted on 04/05/2008 7:29:20 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: muir_redwoods

I’m a native. I keep hoping enough people will begin to share my thoughts; i.e. go to Sacramento, enter into the buildings, strip the hacks and pols naked, then whip them out, on to and down the streets. Such action is way overdue.


22 posted on 04/05/2008 7:29:32 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Lancey Howard

With HALF of Americans receiving some kind of government assistance and HALF of Americans who don’t pay ANY income taxes and the government being the only entity who continues to hire and hire and hire and never fire; who says Communism is dead! LOL


23 posted on 04/05/2008 7:33:04 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: muir_redwoods

LOL! I’m siting her in earhtquake weather enjoying a panoramic ocean view.


24 posted on 04/05/2008 7:34:56 AM PDT by purpleraine
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To: oldbill
Those of us old enough remember a time when California was the Promised Land, when we would watch the sunshine-covered Rose Parade while the snow piled up outside, or the women “wished they all could be California girls”.

Now California is essentially a Third World slum, with all the attendant corruption, crime, filth, and dismal quality of life more in tune with Tegucigalpa.

Only parts of it. The Promised Land is still quite visible is many places, so people stay hoping the pendulum will swing back in other direction. Those who have been here long enough remember a time when it did - when Jerry Brown's disastrous reign ended and George Deukmejian's governorship coincided with Ronald Reagan's Presidency to make 80's California a huge improvement over 70's California. People hold out hope that can happen again, some day.

And for many (myself included), it's all about the money - like New York City and depending on your field, one can make much more money in California than anywhere else for the same work. Find a way to minimize your expenses for a few years and you can leave California in a very strong financial position, take your money East, and piss off all the Nevadans and Texans and Coloradans by driving their housing prices up. ;)

25 posted on 04/05/2008 7:37:56 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: kellynla

The purpose of traffic fines (including DWI) is revenue for city operations.

This is why those who make the laws and those who enforce the laws and those who collect the fees are exempted.

They are not to punish, they are to make sure that you pay “your fair share” as it has been assessed.


26 posted on 04/05/2008 7:39:01 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: oldbill
Maybe it’s time to give it back to Mexico. In a very few years, when the Hispanic population exceeds 51%, they will be voting secession anyhow, so let’s save all the trouble and let them have it.

I'd call "danger close" first.

27 posted on 04/05/2008 7:39:54 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: kellynla
I got out of a ticket once because of my Rush Limbaugh Incense Plate Frame, a giveaway from his local affiliate station. The officer pull me over for going 10 over and after telling me to slow down, he said because I'm a Rush listener, he was going to let me off with just the warning.
28 posted on 04/05/2008 7:39:54 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Seruzawa

“Nothing can be done”

Term limits is the only solution and ya know the chances of that ever coming to fruition are slim & none!
And “Slim” just left the building. LOL


29 posted on 04/05/2008 7:39:55 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Yeah, we’re toast.
All you can do is hunker down, hide everything you can possibly hide, and keep plenty of ammo handy.


30 posted on 04/05/2008 7:41:17 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: InterceptPoint

I will admit that as I get longer in tooth it is getting harder.


31 posted on 04/05/2008 7:41:37 AM PDT by squirt (POLITICIANS & DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED, FOR THE SAME REASON)
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To: kellynla

Don’t forget the other half who work and pay taxes. LOL!


32 posted on 04/05/2008 7:42:08 AM PDT by purpleraine
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To: oldbill

Post of the week BUMP!
Unloading California on Mexico is actually an excellent idea on several levels. If the scumbag Democrats lost two rat Senators, all those rat Congresscritters and all those permanent electoral votes, the rest of the nation might stand a chance of recovering. We would just need to build a good fence between California and America.


33 posted on 04/05/2008 7:47:05 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: InterceptPoint
Three children and four grandsons all within a 45-minute drive. You will put up with a lot of Left Coast nonsense for that privilege.

That'll work. And it sounds like you've been out there since long before CA came completely loose of its moorings.
34 posted on 04/05/2008 7:51:57 AM PDT by festus (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: purpleraine
“Don’t forget the other half who work and pay taxes. LOL!”

who are fast depleting by each passing day...

exactly why I'm for eliminating income taxes and the IRS and replacing it with a national sales tax so that EVERYONE contributes!

35 posted on 04/05/2008 7:58:20 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
Secret Agent Man.  Secret Agent Man. 
They’ve given you a number and taken away your name.

Secret state employees. Perks of working for the man.

36 posted on 04/05/2008 8:04:02 AM PDT by csvset
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To: kellynla
I'm reading FairTax: The Truth. The second book, which answers some of the criticisms after the first book.

McCain is opposed based on an obvious misunderstanding. The two Dums have said nothing. They run on change, but can't see one of the biggest changes we need.

37 posted on 04/05/2008 8:04:16 AM PDT by purpleraine
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To: kellynla

While employed with a local PD in KY in the 80’s I discovered that a KY statue prevented state legislators from being ticketed for traffic violations ‘while the legislature was in session’ because they may be in a hurry to get to Frankfort for a vote. Of course that meant that any plate belonging to a protected state employee was never ticketed.


38 posted on 04/05/2008 8:15:29 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: kellynla
Only the serfs deserve tickets. The Road To Serfdom
39 posted on 04/05/2008 8:22:54 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: muir_redwoods
Why the hell does anyone with a brain live in CA? Weather is not reason enough to put up with such fascist tyranny.

I lived in Southern California for about 4 years. The weather is awesome...is it reason enough to put up with all the BS? Nearly. It's very, very close.

40 posted on 04/05/2008 8:25:46 AM PDT by Swordfished
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To: kellynla
Totalitarian anarchy. Gotta love it.

That said, what would happen if the tollway and other agencies that got stiffed by the totalitarian anarchists were to start up a web site posting their license plates and what was owed? From my read of the article, people who have those special plates aren't legally exempt from toll and other requirements--it's simply very difficult to collect from them. On the other hand, public exposure might cause such things to calm down pretty quickly.

41 posted on 04/05/2008 8:48:43 AM PDT by supercat
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To: Lancey Howard
Unloading California on Mexico is actually an excellent idea on several levels. If the scumbag Democrats lost two rat Senators, all those rat Congresscritters and all those permanent electoral votes, the rest of the nation might stand a chance of recovering. We would just need to build a good fence between California and America.

Actually, I think we're on to something!

Let's offer the illegals and the Aztlan crowd California. Then watch Pelosi and Boxer and Feinstein and Waters and the rest of the Dems scream and yell and demand that the illegal invasion be stopped. Let's call their bluff on the open borders and amnesty crap and let them carry the battle flag to protect their own jobs.

The final irony will be that all those California Dems and RINOs office holders will be soon replaced by Latinos just like they were in Los Angeles, which is no longer part of America.

42 posted on 04/05/2008 8:54:58 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: InterceptPoint

Diamond lanes are a better option that what we have here in Houston - a SINGLE lane, blocked off in the middle of the highway, that takes real estate for 3 lanes, used one way for the morning, and one way for the afternoon. It’s horrible. When there is an accident, the entire lane is shut down, and police/ambulance/fire block a lane or two of regular traffic, so they can get to/from the accident.

Why would anyone in this metropolitan area of 5+ MILLION people make an interchange ramp of one lane? I mean, seriously, if you’re redoing the ramp, build it at LEAST 2 lanes wide.


43 posted on 04/05/2008 9:07:00 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: shaft29
“It’s true that the Jemez mountains are a huge volcano that is supposed to blow up every 200,000 years or so. I’ve heard it’s due.”

Who documented that it blew up 200,000 years ago?

Some leftist group, and they blamed Bush.

/sarc

That's the official USGS position. I'm not saying I agree with it.

44 posted on 04/05/2008 9:09:47 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Ro_Thunder
Why would anyone in this metropolitan area of 5+ MILLION people make an interchange ramp of one lane? I mean, seriously, if you’re redoing the ramp, build it at LEAST 2 lanes wide.

The purpose of HOV lanes is palpably NOT to move bodies (and traffic) more efficiently. Every public transportation authority in the country, if they're honest, will admit that their purpose is instead to make freeways even more inefficient and drive commuters into public transit.

Thereby, of course, doing away with the evil SUV...

Absolute truth. Ask them sometime.

45 posted on 04/05/2008 9:21:19 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: oldbill
Your Statement: "Now California is essentially a Third World slum, with all the attendant corruption, crime, filth, and dismal quality of life more in tune with Tegucigalpa. So many people are leaving that if you factor out the illegals, it is LOSING population."

Response: Yep.

46 posted on 04/05/2008 9:22:26 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: oldbill

If you think that “California is essentially a Third World slum” then the only thing piling up is your bull crap.


47 posted on 04/05/2008 9:31:40 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: whatshotandwhatsnot
While employed with a local PD in KY in the 80’s I discovered that a KY statue prevented state legislators from being ticketed for traffic violations ‘while the legislature was in session’ because they may be in a hurry to get to Frankfort for a vote. Of course that meant that any plate belonging to a protected state employee was never ticketed.

Reminds me of Patrick Kennedy's little Capitol Hill accident about 10 years ago when he hit a barricade at 2:45AM. Witnesses claimed to have seen him drinking at a local bar. Yet he used the same "I was on the way to a vote" excuse.

48 posted on 04/05/2008 10:01:07 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Zack Attack

Geez, thanks for that reminder. I had totally forgotten that one. It rankled me no end to pull over someone pushing 100 mph on I64 only to shine the spotlight on a Senate-1 plate.


49 posted on 04/05/2008 10:08:11 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: Disambiguator

“That’s the official USGS position. I’m not saying I agree with it.”

Probably my liberal ass brother in law who works for the USGS.


50 posted on 04/05/2008 10:27:36 AM PDT by shaft29 (Just your typical white woman.)
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