The roads will now be safer without Jay Mieses on them

Jay Mieses habitual traffic offenderJalopnik has a fairly good writeup about the incident Sunday in New York City between motorcycle riders and a family in an SUV. The confrontation left one of the bikers paralyzed and on a ventilator in a medically induced coma.

It turns out the man in the hospital, Jay Mieses, 32, from Lawrence, Massachusetts, has never had anything other than a learner’s permit. He’s never applied for a motorcycle licence. Since 1999, he’s been ticketed 16 times by police. Because he was labeled an habitual traffic offender, his driving privileges had been revoked until the year 2017.

That period of revocation now appears to have been increased substantially. I imagine it’s hard to illegally ride a motorcycle with a severed spine.

I have zero sympathy for Jay Mieses. He clearly had no business on the road. He, along with his fellow riders, surrounded the SUV in an aggressive manner. The driver, Alexian Lien, 33, understandably felt threatened, not only for himself, but for his passengers, his wife and their two-year-old daughter. Lien took off, Mieses got run over. Sucks to be him, but that’a why you don’t act like an asshat.

Sometimes acting like a jerk will get you run over by an SUV.

The fact that the riders then chased Lien and pulled him from his vehicle, beating him until he was unconscious, leaving him bleeding on the sidewalk, tells you everything you need to know about their intentions. They weren’t good.

Disneyland no longer to allow the disabled to skip lines

Disneyland no longer to allow the disabled to skip lines
Disneyland in California, and Walt Disney World in Florida, will no longer allow the disabled to go directly to the front of the line. Instead of being allowed to skip standing in line, they will be issued a ticket with a return time, very similar to the FastPass system that’s offered to everyone. The change goes into effect October 9.

The reason for the change is to counter abuse some have committed using this policy of allowing the disabled and their party to go to the head of the line. People having a Disney disabled card were renting out their services to complete strangers, sometimes for hundreds of dollars, so they wouldn’t have to wait in lines like everyone else. The disabled person would accompany the strangers throughout the park, pretending to be part of their party.

As far as scams go, it was pretty despicable. Disney was trying to do a nice thing for people with real disabilities and some people had to ruin it by abusing it for money. Considering the fact that a person could request a disability card from Disney without offering proof that they were in fact disabled, the likelihood that many of the people with these cards did not really need them or deserve them, was quite high.

This just proves once again that it’s impossible to have any type of system in place that helps a certain segment of society without some people abusing it. It doesn’t matter what it is, private or public, at least some people are going to scam. There comes a point with any special policy that the level of abuse associated with it, out weighs any good the policy is providing. It appears Disney has decided that point has been reached with its policy of allowing the disabled and their party to go to the front of the line.

Lone gunman Aaron Alexis killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yards

Lone gunman Aaron Alexis killed 12 people at the Washington Navy YardsAaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor working on behalf of a military contractor, went into the Washington Navy Yard with an AR-15 assault rifle and killed 12 people. He was later shot and killed by police.

Alexis, a Navy veteran, had recently been treated at a VA hospital in New England for psychological issues including sleep deprivation, anger and paranoia. He served in the Navy Reserves from May 2007 to January 2011 and was discharged with a general discharge. His military records show “a pattern of misconduct,” whatever that means.

Alexis was employed as a contractor by The Experts, a company subcontracted by Hewlett-Packard to do upgrades on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network. It’s how he was able to access the Washington Navy Yards.

This wasn’t the first time Alexis did something illegal with a gun. In 2004 while living in Seattle, he was arrested for shooting out the tires of a car belonging to someone he felt had mocked him. Remarkably, no charges were filed. There was also a 2010 incident in Texas when he “accidentally” shot into the apartment above him. He told police that he had been cleaning his gun while cooking dinner and the gun slipped out of his hands. The gun discharged, sending a round into the apartment above him, a neighbor he had repeatedly called the police on for too much noise. Like the Seattle incident, no charges were filed.

It seems more and more that what happened yesterday at the Washington Navy Yards is sadly the new normal. People like Aaron Alexis, with his documented psychological issues and a pattern of gun misconduct, have a constitutional right to own a military weapon like an AR-15. There’s just nothing we can do about it. When something like this happens, and history shows us it will happen again, just be thankful it didn’t happen to you or your family. To expect our elected leaders in Washington to pass reasonable gun control laws is a waste of time. Our elected leaders don’t work for us, they work for the lobbying groups that finance their continual reelection campaigns.

You don’t need a coalition when you have B-2 bombers

On August 21, 2013 chemical weapons were used in Syria by Bashar Assad’s government against civilians in Damascus’s eastern suburbs. Images immediately began to flood out of Syria showing dead Syrian children. Video shows children suffering from what appears to be the effects of sarin gas.

As upsettings and as graphic as the video is, it’s something all Americans need to witness. If you can watch the above video and still not think that the United States shouldn’t take out the Assad regime, then you and I are simply wired differently.

I might feel differently about using military action in Syria if the United States didn’t have the largest, most expensive military the world has even seen. When we spend more money on our military than the next 17 countries combined, sitting on the sidelines while children are being gassed is not an option. To not take military action against the Assad regime would be immoral.

It’s time for Bashar Assad to join his dead relatives in Hell. We need to do whatever it will take to make that happen. Whether the rest of the world is with us is immaterial; we chose to construct a military that doesn’t need outside, foreign assistance. Truth be told, we don’t need any outside assistance to kill Assad and his regime.

We have B-2 bombers.

Does this mean Bradley Manning is no longer gay?

Bradley-Manning-e1374750804823Former Army private and blabbermouth of classified information Bradley Manning has announced that he is no longer a he. He is now a she. She wants to stop being called Bradley and instead be called Chelsea. When he goes to Fort Leavenworth to begin his 35 year prison sentence, he she wants to begin living his life as a woman and is asking the Army to put him her on hormone therapy.

Good luck with that.

I don’t think the former private has made a lot of friends in the Army. Leaking thousands of classified documents into the wild, tends to create dislike and anger among those proudly serving in the armed forces, people who took their oath seriously.

People not like Bradley Chelsea Manning.

This new development only makes me wonder all the more why he she was allowed within 100 feet of classified information. Manning originally was gay. Now that he is going to prison for a very long time, he’s claiming to be a woman trapped in a man’s body. What’s next, will he announce to the world that he’s a middle-aged black man with acute arthritis?

I think he just wants attention. His 15 minutes are about to come to a close. The sooner, the better.