Chicago Will ALWAYS Exempt These People from Their Laws

Chicago is considering fining people $500 for texting while crossing the street.

Unless, of course, you’re dead and on your way to vote.

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  1. The linked article is from CBS in Chicago:

    Texting While Crossing The Street? It Could Cost You
    November 8, 2017

    … and this story is from the Boston Globe:

    In Honolulu, Walking and Texting Can Cost You $99. But in Boston, Phone Zombies Roam Free
    November 12, 2017 | By Beth Teitell

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    With all the vast universe of topics available, I just can’t imagine how different local left-wing news outlets across the country consistently, predictably even, manage to come up with identical stories at exactly the same time!

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    The media seems to be pushing for this legislation. At the very least, testing the water to gauge reactions. Sending up a you’re-on-trial balloon.

    By tossing in a few horror stories into their reports, they nudge people towards the idea that such a fine might not be too bad an idea. (After all, the government should do everything it can to stop people from getting hit by cars, right?)

    But once this law is established, what other laws could follow or be added to it (for pedestrian safety, of course), if it becomes “established case law” and “accepted precedent”?

    My mind is not devious enough to think of what else could be regulated “while walking,” but I don’t like the direction of this line of thinking one bit.

    The feds are able to regulate to an amazing degree everything revolving around being in a car, since we have come to accept that “driving is a privilege, not a right” — after all, the state owns the road. Well, it also owns the sidewalk.

    Now, if they are able to plausibly convince a judge that there is no longer any material difference (based on precedent) between walking in public and driving in public, what else can they enact? Mandatory GPS units on your person, as in automobiles (for safety’s sake)? Mandatory inspections? License required for use of sidewalks? Taxes and toll booths? No stopping except in designated areas?

    Hm. I guess my mind *is* devious enough to come up with a few ideas.

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    • Male announcer: The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone.
      Female announcer: The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone.
      Male announcer: [later] The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the white zone.
      Female announcer: No, the white zone is for loading of passengers and there is no stopping in a RED zone.
      Male announcer: The red zone has always been for loading and unloading of passengers. There’s never stopping in a white zone.
      Female announcer: Don’t you tell me which zone is for loading, and which zone is for stopping!
      Male announcer: Listen Betty, don’t start up with your white zone s**t again.
      [Later]
      Male announcer: There’s just no stopping in a white zone.
      Female announcer: Oh really, Vernon? Why pretend, we both know perfectly well what this is about. You want me to have an abortion.
      Male announcer: It’s really the only sensible thing to do, if its done safely. Therapeutically there’s no danger involved.

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  2. … force everyone who goes out in public to buy mandatory personal injury insurance, in case they are involved in a fight or a collision with someone else? There would now be *two* precedents for that. After all, there’s already a Supreme Court that says that insurance is something the government can force you to buy. This is just a different kind of insurance. “We’ve already established what we can force you to buy,” the Court could say, “now we are just haggling over the details.”

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  3. As is the case for virtually ALL “fines” this is in reality a TAX. An opportunity for the greedy spendthrifts in office to steal more money from the sheeple under the guise of
    “safety”. The criminals in office don’t give two s***s about the health or safety of the citizenry. If they did they wouldn’t be constantly seeking to disarm us. ALL they care about is RULING US WITH IMPUNITY and taxing us to the brink of insolvency….and for the past half century BEYOND insolvency.

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  4. Morning update:

    I see on the morning news (11/14) that a state legislator in Boston has ALREADY filed a bill to increase the state’s penalites for walking while texing — by redefining “jaywalking” to include walking while texting, and raising the fines on jaywalking, apparently. She, no doubt, came up with the idea all on her own last week.

    That’s some decent coordination between news-manufactured “crises” and political action!

    Whereas Republicans cannot agree on anything when they control Congress, the presidency, and most state governments.

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  5. If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
    If you text and walk, I’ll tax your feet

    Taxman!
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

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