RANT: Watching MNF online sucks

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Sorry but it’s not like watching on TV.

Argh!

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RANT: Gooferment Komputer Systems barfs

Monday, October 23, 2017

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Got DMV renewal for caddie. Put all my info in, got part way, and system barfed. Argh! Now I have to wait 30 minutes to try again. Stupid Gooferment!

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RANT: Amazon Breaks Up With … …

Monday, October 16, 2017

Amazon Breaks Up With FTL!

Amazon apparently didn’t like us telling you that shopping through the links at shop.freetalklive.com helped Free Talk Live, so last week they dumped us. Seems like a pretty lame excuse to end an agreement that had lasted for more than a decade, but that’s what happened! (To be clear, we’ve only been dumped by Amazon US. The affiliate links for the UK and Canada Amazons are still working.)

If you want to do online shopping with Free Talk Live, go ahead and bookmark our Walmart link: walmart.freetalklive.com

Also, you can still use cryptocurrency like bitcoin to get deep discounts on everything you buy at Amazon and a small part of your purchases at SaveatPurse.com do benefit FTL.

So, even without Amazon US, there are still plenty of ways for you to buy and benefit Free Talk Live. Thanks for helping us while helping yourself to the stuff you need and want!

Also, thanks for listening to Free Talk Live,
Ian

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I’m upset with Amazon. Maybe if I complain?

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RANT: Twitter suspension is political?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twitter-suspends-rose-mcgowans-account-1048018

Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan’s Account
11:00 PM PDT 10/11/2017 by Abid Rahman , Jackie Strause

The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, revealed the news on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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Seems like twitter is afraid to offend the Hollywood establishment?

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RANT: Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests — another abuse by the Gooferment

Saturday, October 7, 2017

https://reason.com/blog/2017/09/28/bogus-stoned-driving-arrests-highlight-t

Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of ‘Drug Recognition Experts’
A lawsuit by three sober drivers who were busted for DUI questions the pot-detecting abilities of DREs.
Jacob Sullum|Sep. 28, 2017 3:40 pm

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To the untrained eye, Katelyn Ebner seems completely sober during her 28-minute roadside encounter with Cobb County, Georgia, police officer Tracy Carroll, who has pulled the 23-year-old waitress over for ailing to maintain her lane as she made a left turn. But Carroll, who was designated a “drug recognition expert” (DRE) after undergoing 160 hours of special training, perceives “numerous indicators” that Ebner is under the influence of marijuana. Ebner repeatedly assures him she does not “smoke weed” or “do any of that stuff” and volunteers to prove it by taking a drug test. “You’re going to jail, ma’am,” he replies. “I don’t have a magical drug test that I can give you right now.”

Carroll does not need a magical drug test, because he is a magical drug test—or so the Cobb County Police Department would have you believe. But the experiences of innocent motorists like Ebner, who were arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana based on Carroll’s hunch, only to be cleared by negative blood tests, suggest otherwise. This week three of them, including Ebner, filed a federal lawsuit that casts doubt on the drug-detecting abilities of DREs like Carroll.

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The lawsuit argues that Ebner and her two co-plaintiffs, Princess Mbamara and Ayokunle Oriyomi, both college students, felt they had no choice but to submit to drug tests, especially after Carroll told them that state law required them to do so and that their driver’s licenses would be suspended if they refused. Under the circumstances, the complaint says, the consent was not genuine, and since there was no warrant the blood tests violated the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Ebner, Mbamara, and Oriyomi also argue that Carroll had no “justifiable basis” for subjecting them to sobriety tests and no probable cause to arrest them.

“Defendant Carroll’s pattern and practice of enforcing DUI-drug infractions,” the complaint says, “was to arrest an individual based on nothing more than a hunch, which would be invariably ratified by the results of an ad hoc smattering of tests he administered, which were divorced from any rigorous methodology and were without the foundational underpinning necessary to amount to legal justification to arrest….The way that Cobb County Police Officers such as Defendant Carroll are taught to and do administer their testing for the detection of impairment by drugs is designed to make innocent behavior appear incriminating and to make exculpatory behavior appear irrelevant.” The ACLU argues that the Cobb County Police Department licensed, endorsed, and encouraged such pseudoscientific methods, “allowing officers artificially knighted with ‘Drug Recognition Expert’ status to falsely believe that they have a special and unique ability to detect marijuana use.”

Even after blood tests confirmed that Ebner, Mbamara, and Oriyomi were telling the truth when they denied being under the influence of marijuana, the Cobb County Police Department defended Carroll’s methods. Amazingly, the complaint notes, his superiors “continued to state that even if Defendant Carroll had known of the negative results of Plaintiff Ebner’s blood test at the time she was arrested, nonetheless there would have been probable cause for her arrest.”

Who are you going to believe? Some fancy lab test or Officer Carroll’s gut?

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Yet another reason to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and restrain the police in their pursuit of “revenue”.

I’ll take their federal suit one step further. I’d restrain the police action to only case where there is property damage or personal injury. After all, where is the “victim” in touching or going over a line painted by a Gooferment bureaucrat?

Argh!

When I pass on maybe I’ll finally understand, but as of now I just don’t see it.

Even when I see an idiot speeding down the road and cutting in and out — never a cop around then; to busy sleeping or collecting revenue like highwaymen of old — I never get upset because I ask myself “where’s the victim”. Now if the impolite jerk causes an accident, then they should throw the book at him. (It IS usually a “him” based on my unstatistical observations.)

Sigh!

When, if ever, will the Sheeple aka Clovers ever wake up?

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RANT: This whole kerfuffle is dumb

Friday, October 6, 2017

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”

Responding to yesterday’s question on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denying longstanding rumors about his possible resignation, Allan Muns of Texas wrote: “Why does the press continue to speculate that Mr. Tillerson called the president a moron? And if he did, who cares? Mr. Tillerson can either do his job or resign. Full stop. The president has an excellent candidate for secretary of state currently minding the United Nations for our country: Nikki Haley.” Robert Hugins of South Carolina said: “Mr. Tillerson’s toughest diplomatic challenge doubtless is his mercurial boss. Good luck with that. Regarding the questionable ‘moron’ news story, are staffers inside the State Department and on the Hill who oppose the secretary’s departmental reforms fanning this account?” And John Davis of Pennsylvania commented: “This whole kerfuffle has no more credence than the tabloids in the supermarket checkout line. Mr. Tillerson should have said as much.”

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Who cares? 

I’ve called a boss “Hitler” to his face when he voiced an intrusive stupid idea. He often called me a “good pia”.

Strong individuals should disagree. 

Not every idea that DJT45 has is a good one. 

A President needs the privacy to be told off by his trusted advisors without it becoming a political football.

Argh!

Didn’t Harry Truman’s personal aide “censor” his “rants”? When the fellow died, his replacement didn’t realize this role and hence we heard HST rant about a reported criticizing his daughter’s singing. 

Argh!

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RANT: HRC demonstrates she, and the D’s, are tone deaf

Monday, October 2, 2017

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The LV tragedy is not the time for politics when the dead are unburied.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/02/democrats-immediately-call-for-gun-control-after-las-vegas-shooting/

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Congressional Democrats chose not to wait for all the facts to come in before immediately pushing for increased gun control measures following the Las Vegas shooting Sunday night that left 50 people dead and more than 400 injured.

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Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attacked the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again,” Clinton wrote.

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ALSO

The media is reporting it was “machine guns”. But I’m not sure that is accurate.

Argh!

At least it was not a “ISIS attack”. If that’s any saving grace.

I wonder if this was some type of “false flag” event. The guy they are naming as the shooter has no reported gun background, hunting, and|or no military training. That’s odd. Very very strange. 

Argh!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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