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(Sun Sentinel)   Man charged with felonious "polluting to harm humans, animals, plants." His crime? Releasing a dozen helium-filled balloons   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 171
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2013-02-24 07:51:10 AM
My headline:

Terrorist deserves to be drone attacked by Obama. Gets off easy.
 
2013-02-24 07:51:45 AM

wambu: Also watching the romantic gesture: an FHP trooper,  . . .

Having solved all other crimes . . .


a PHP trooper, and a VB.NET one too!!
 
2013-02-24 07:53:58 AM
I have picked up hundreds of these damn things while hiking far from motorized access down here, about time someone is striking the fear of the law onto these idiots.

Yep, I'm serious.
 
2013-02-24 08:42:07 AM

Zeno-25: All too often, the free market fails to take into account the realities of a finite resource being depleted.


Example?
 
2013-02-24 08:53:44 AM

RealFarknMcCoy2: zvoidx: Where is the responsibility of a citizen to have knowledge of this and all laws?

Is that also a law?

It is, and has always been, YOUR responsibility to know the law. If you don't know what laws may relate to - for instance - releasing helium-filled balloons, then you shouldn't do it without first ascertaining if it is legal. Same goes with jaywalking, stopping at stop signs, graffitti and any other unlawful act. Your responsibility to know and obey the law.

/just sayin'
//don't think he should get jail time, particularly for a first offense.
///do think that releasing helium-filled balloons should be illegal - kills lots of turtles. :-(


Hey everybody! It's one of those "you should know every single law in existence" types.

So can you tell about the time you read all 2500 pages of the US tax code? You memorized every word of it right? I'm sure you did your due diligence by spending quality time with the all the documents of law for your town and your state. Tells us how you have memorized every single law in existence oh wise one.
 
2013-02-24 09:11:34 AM
I once witnessed a man drop a 9" screw driver across an incoming 440V power bus. It exploded with a flash like lightening and a clap of thunder. Luckily the man wasn't injured, but the screw driver was GONE. A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.
The cop must have been in revenue enhancement mode when he made this arrest. The man should have bee let off with a warning. If he goes to jail it should be for dating a girl named Shaquina.
 
2013-02-24 09:53:18 AM

Gyrfalcon: Zeno-25: Another interesting anecdote about Florida having crazy wildlife protection laws despite being a relatively red state: I have stayed at a condo in Panama City Beach and the lights on all of the patios facing the Gulf had dim, yellow bulbs. So dim you could barely see around while on said high-rise patio. The reason given for this dangerous lack of light was that anything more intense would distract the sea turtles, causing them to crawl away from the ocean when they hatched.

People going over those patios at night is not uncommon, especially during spring break. But hey, it's for the turtles.

Considering the people likely to fall over the patios in Panama City during spring break, I'd say the turtles get the nod in that case.


And they probably fall over because of an abundance of alcohol and not so much a lack of lighting.
 
2013-02-24 09:55:33 AM
To dodge that charge in FL, just make sure each balloon has anti-Castro propaganda attached.  Tell the cops you were taking advantage of the southerly wind, and ask the local TV station what the commie-luvin' cockaroach puta of a DA has against Freedom.
 
2013-02-24 10:09:43 AM

Mirandized: A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.


fusillade762: Do a quick Google for "mylar balloon power outage" and get back to us.

 
2013-02-24 10:11:40 AM

BolshyGreatYarblocks: To dodge that charge in FL, just make sure each balloon has anti-Castro propaganda attached.  Tell the cops you were taking advantage of the southerly wind, and ask the local TV station what the commie-luvin' cockaroach puta of a DA has against Freedom.


what charge?  the charge of ol' Sparky?

news.bbc.co.uk
 
2013-02-24 10:13:41 AM
Is it still littering (in Florida) if the balloons land in another state/offshore in international waters?
 
2013-02-24 10:30:07 AM
Day_Old_Dutchie:

Really, the rest of the civilized world thinks you are absolutely barking mad.

You need to get out more

/that or get a life or a new shtick
 
2013-02-24 10:36:08 AM

Lee451: Is it still littering (in Florida) if the balloons land in another state/offshore in international waters?


yes.  but only if theres gambling there!
 
2013-02-24 10:50:26 AM
scienceblogs.com

What going on in this thread?
 
2013-02-24 10:57:06 AM

Day_Old_Dutchie: The problem is, an American politician can always count on "tough on crime" as am excellent vote getter, so, let's make every minor crime a felony with nice, long sentence in a program pretty much guaranteed to make one more of a criminal during their stay. Regardless of the high cost, now and the future. Because politicians are a pampered class that DESERVE their seats.
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I mean you guys toss your income tax evaders into the slammer. Does that make any sense from a financial standpoint?  Try to think it through.

Really, the rest of the civilized world thinks you are absolutely barking mad.


Funny.  Where do you think China is at on that graph?  Or Venezuela? Mexico? NorK?  Seems incomplete.
 
2013-02-24 11:50:17 AM
No, his crime was releasing balloons while black.
 
2013-02-24 12:12:40 PM

Mirandized: I once witnessed a man drop a 9" screw driver across an incoming 440V power bus. It exploded with a flash like lightening and a clap of thunder. Luckily the man wasn't injured, but the screw driver was GONE. A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.
The cop must have been in revenue enhancement mode when he made this arrest. The man should have bee let off with a warning. If he goes to jail it should be for dating a girl named Shaquina.


I stopped reading after you misspelled lightning.

Is everyone illiterate these days?
 
2013-02-24 12:53:39 PM

Happy Hours: Mirandized: I once witnessed a man drop a 9" screw driver across an incoming 440V power bus. It exploded with a flash like lightening and a clap of thunder. Luckily the man wasn't injured, but the screw driver was GONE. A mylar balloon across a power grid would simply vaporize and you might notice it as static on your stereo.
The cop must have been in revenue enhancement mode when he made this arrest. The man should have bee let off with a warning. If he goes to jail it should be for dating a girl named Shaquina.

I stopped reading after you misspelled lightning.

Is everyone illiterate these days?


it MEANS that the lightning was enlightening.
seriously
it's Portland style talk
 
2013-02-24 02:59:07 PM

MNguy: Where do you think China is at on that graph? Or Venezuela? Mexico?


Actually, they all have fewer people in prison than the United States. Yes, even China.
 
2013-02-24 07:26:44 PM
I was about to say that I would expect this kind of crap from CA, not Florida.  Then I saw the "criminal's" picture and it all came together.  Dont be black when releasing balloons.
 
2013-02-24 08:09:07 PM

Ima4nic8or: I was about to say that I would expect this kind of crap from CA, not Florida.  Then I saw the "criminal's" picture and it all came together.  Dont be black when releasing balloons.


that's shallow AND pedantic
 
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