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  • #132
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    Agreed. I find mylar balloons laying around in the desert quite often, and I usually just pick them up and haul them out with my own trash. Guess what other "pollution" I've found laying around in the desert? Expended weather monitoring balloons that are government sponsored and often launched from liberal collage campuses. Think lefties are hypocrites? Of course they are!
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    I'm all for the environment but slapping someone with third degree felony over a law most don't even know about is excessive. All my cop friends would say the trooper was a zero.
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    Been wondering about this....shouldn't politically parties be in jail right now....even President Hussein Obama....how many balloons have they released into the air?
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    what I find myself wondering is how stupid you have be to not know in this day and age that releasing Mylar balloons is illegal? Has been for several decades where I live.
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    Stupid enough to think that taking his girlfriend to a Motel 6 and giving her children's party favors would be "romantic".
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    It's not just mylar balloons, it's any balloon that could come down in water and be ingested by endangered wildlife, particularly sea turtles which are likely to eat them, mistaking them for it's regular diet of jellyfish.
    One balloon equals one dead turtle.
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    @Dan_Tien
    I'm not sure that much of anything goes through the minds of sea turtles.

    But it's not hard to find out what kills them, because they wash up on shore or get caught in trawl nets. When you open them up, you find that some object has blocked their intestine and resulted in mortality.
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    You know you right wingers really shouldn't engage in fear tactics like this. Say we went to total full socialized medicine. What are the doctors going to do when they can only make 200,000 a year instead of a million getting paid off by big pharma? Stop being doctors and go drive a truck? Perhaps become brick layers? or Goat herders? Get real man. Even with socialized medicine the doctors and nurses will still make more than 70% of the population. Get off your high horse. Doctors are not going to be quitting to flip burgers at Wendy's.
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    @jessejaymes

    Who said anything about doctors quitting??? While I believe some doctors will peruse other fields of the trade under socialized healthcare, the majority will be RETIRING!!! And statistics have shown that there has been a decline of people seeking & or perusing a medical career... Some of its due to Obamacare... Most of it has to do with the commitment to a college for 8 years!! And how is it "fear mongering" when it's the truth!!!

    I would rather be slapped in the face by the truth, than be cuddled by a lie!!!
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    @Malitia_Man Well "your" system isn't working. We have the most expensive health care in the world and are not even rated in the top 10 anymore. So much for rhetoric.
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    @jessejaymes

    We have the most "expensive" healthcare in the world, but people still seem to be coming here for treatment!!! Why do Canadians come for treatment here, rather than die due to socialized medicine??? Doesn't seem to make sense does it???
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    I couldn't care less about what the envirowhackos have to say. They can suck my b***s for all I care. Though I can't say I'd be opposed to an envirowhacko sucking my balls, I do have to take exception to any claims they have about the "environment."

    Back when I forked over money at an REM concert to join Greenpeace, I soon after learned that envirogroups arent concerned with the environment.

    On top of that? Democrats aren't interested in any kind of monitoring of dangerous enviroterrorist groups like ELF.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Liberation...
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    That's unfortunate that you would fork over money to "join" an organization that has NEVER in their existence allowed people to simply join. They accept donations, they will call you a friend of Greenpeace but they have never EVER allowed people to walk up and just join for a fee. Gonna have to call BS on this one.
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    @jessejaymes-- you need to look into how Greenpeace, Sierra Club etc suckers in the gullible. I was a "member"... whatever that meant... whether you want to label it as such or not. The young often reject the labels that the old assign.

    I was a stupid ass at an REM concert. What's your excuse?
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    @Bobolinsky No you were NOT a member of Greenpeace. the only MEMBERS of Greenpeace are active Greenpeace workers and staff. Everyone else is a "friend of Greenpeace". I know this for a fact because we did research to point out that Greenpeace is and was an elitist organization that will take your money but allow NO say in what they do or pursue. You got snookered if you were told anything different and believed it.
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    Guess the Trooper didn't have a heart! The "lovers" could have shown their love in more environmental ways.......like matching large tattoos on their foreheads of each others names. Now that's love....bahaha
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    I would have never suspected there'd be such a law. Perhaps stores that sell these balloons be required to inform buyers.
  • #68
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    This is big Government controlling the people. The real reason for these idiot laws is revenue from fines mandated by Government. It costs a lot for free healthcare from medicaid or welfare and Government taxes or fines anything that moves to pay for it.
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    First, I doubt that the poor idiot will do any jail time, and I suspect that there is more to the story.

    Troopers here in FL are not generally into the 'cop attitude' thing, and it's just possible that the ballon guy got mouthy.
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    @TheJimmy
    No, I'm not. And it's kind of silly to bring that up.

    Or do you think that of all the many people releasing ballons in that parking lot that he picked the person of color?

    Was the trooper white?

    Are you a little over-sensitive to the race thing?
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    Whenever I deal with a cop, the terms I generally use are "yes, sir....no, sir". To many now expect respect without giving respect. You just might be right about the "mouthy" thing!
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    Corporations pollute our earth and dump waste in third world countries, but we sure love arresting our own citizens over trivial matters.
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    Is releasing Balloons almost as bad as murder?

    You can shoot and kill someone and be out in 8 years. Yet Anthony Brasfield may do 5 years for releasing 12 heart shaped balloons to win the heart of his girlfriend. near Fort Lauderdale.
    Apparently 21 people have been arrested for this kind of "crime" which is deemed a felony! Perhaps the troopers could hang out at state and county fairs and cuff children when their balloon gets away from them!

    What is this world coming to? I suggest that Mr. Brasfield and his girl friend should start to burning American flags as a political protest! I'm sure those who wrote the balloon law would commend them for such an act.. Now that would be legal! Next they will be banning 4th of July fireworks displays! Why not?
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    See!! There you go! We are now part of a world wide community of government that causes us to enforce such nonsense!! Laws passed without our permission, oversight or warning...even outside of our own borders...Wait till they tell you that you can't put something on your lawn because it will harm....SOMETHING! They own so much of our ownership rights now. Remember the poor man that was killed by "lawmen" because he wouldn't hand over his land and home for a ... was it a snail darter...?? umhmmm
  • #130
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    And this from the State that launches more future space junk into orbit than the 49 other states combined. What a bunch of hypocrites with nothing better to do!
  • #126
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    On the one hand we want smaller government.....on the other hand we want laws controlling our every waking moment. I wish we'd make up our minds.
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