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by Tom Hyland
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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HAVE YOU 'DONATED'
TO THE CAMERAS LATELY?
DID YOU SMILE?
WANT MORE?
THEY ARE COMING!
TRUST ME!






INVASION


© - Tom Hyland - 3/14/12


NO - Not by a Military Force ...
Rather ... Invasion of Privacy!

By Our Own Governments!
Federal - State - County - City - Town ...
They Quietly and Surreptitiously Pass Laws ...
Without Much Warning Whatsoever!

By and By, They Begin Enforcing Vigorously!
Usually, We are Either Mis-Informed ...
Or Totally Ignorant of their Existence!
Sa-Prize - Sa-Prize! You Are BUSTED!

Many Years Ago - It was Radar Guns!
Entrapment! Put Money in the ‘Till’!
Then, Someone Invented ‘Fuzz-Busters’
Then - ‘THEY’ Made Them ‘Illegal’!

After Screwing Millions of People
Out of Millions of Dollars ...
And Putting Policemen ‘Out of Work’
The Various Treasuries needed a New ‘Ploy’!

So More Recently, along came Another ‘Ripper-Offer’
The Now Infamous ... Traffic Light Camera.
Another INVASION of Privacy!
Did you Give Permission to Take Those Pictures?

And - Boy, are They SMART!
Just Pay the Fine!
NO POINTS!
No Insurance Company Reporting!

Is Anyone Going to Lose Pay
From Work to Go to Court and Fight It?
‘WE THE SHEEPLE’
Just Pay! And ‘Through the Nose’!

Next - the Signs Near Schools to Slow Down
Weren’t Bringing in Any Money ...
WHY? Because People HEEDED Them!
BUT - HIDDEN CAMERAS NOW!

Let’s be Honest ...
When was the Last Time -
The ‘News’ Reported Any Kid
‘Run Over’ At SCHOOL?

Bet more Get SHOT IN SCHOOL!
SMILE! You’re On Candid Camera!

Last Year - I had Three -
And ‘Forked Over’ 150 BUCKS!
My Buddy Lou, another Driver at Work ...
Paid Three Also!

I just got another $40 one Last Week!
Do I Sound ... PISSED?
But, I think I’ve Figured out Their ‘Angle’ ...
Just like Lions ... PREDATORS!

‘They’ Go After the Slowest, Weakest Prey ...
Say ... Five Cars In a Row are Slightly Above
The Speed Limit ...
Just ‘Ticket’ the Last One or Two!

WHY? If ALL Supposed Speeders
Decided to Show Up and Fight ...
Too Much Attention Would Be Drawn!
Nobody Stops to Help the Last ‘Sucker’!

“Don’t Make Waves!”
‘Dollar Them All to Death!’
Nobody Will Complain!
“Don’t Rock The Boat!”

Whatever Happened to the Concept ...
‘I was Keeping Pace With The Traffic’?
‘Did you Give the Four Cars
In Front of me a Ticket?’

DUH?

I’m Sure You Can Think of Other Examples
Of INVASION ...
How About that Other ‘BIGGIE’?
THE PATRIOT ACT!

Illegal Wire Taps!
Invasion of Privacy!
Delays and Screening of Innocents at Airports!
Body Cavity Searches!


Billions of Dollars BLOWN!
ALL in the Name of ...
HOMELAND SECURITY!
SCREW ALL THE HONEST PATRIOTS!

And ... Heaven Forbid ...
‘THEY’ Should Use ‘Ethnic Profiling’!
“If IT Looks Like a Duck ... Walks Like a Duck ...
Quacks Like a Duck ... MAYBE IT IS A DUCK!”

INSTEAD ...
Let Us Persecute All:
Geese, Robins, Bluebirds, Chickens, Emus, Et Alia!
Makes Perfect Sense ... Doesn’t It?
‘BIG BROTHER’ ... YOUR PERSONAL INVADER!

And Just What Do All You SHEEP
Out There Say?

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH !

© - TKH.



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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/12/2012
LA gave up on Red Light Cameras when they figured out the courts refused to enforce them and people quit paying the fines. Not to mention they were losing their ass to the vendors who got a huge cut of the revenue. Patrick
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/20/2012
Quite the rant, Tom. I recently got a ticket in the mail for going through a red light (caught by a camera). It was a dark night with freezing rain and when I applied the brakes as the light turned amber, my small SUV slid slowly into the intersection. The camera clocked my speed at 35 kilometers per hour (15 kilometers below the speed limit). The road was very icy so I was driving slowly deliberatly. I have challenged the ticket and I am supposed to get a court date at some point in time. What a waste of time! I am not one that goes through red lights. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/17/2012
Quite a rant! You forgot to mention eyes in the sky… Little helicopters in your backyard.



Red lights serve a useful purpose. Red light runners are very common here in this city and cause terrible crashes often resulting in the death of innocent people with a green light. They voted down red light cameras here in Houston and I fear, that, I will be hit one day, either from the rear as I slow a for yellow light stop, or worse, T-boned by some idiot thinking that he is able to violate the laws of physics with his quick car and disregard for safety.



Similar idiots in fast cars race on the freeway and count on traffic to avoid getting caught. And then there are those who feel that a multimillion dollar freeway wall in beautifully cast concrete should be littered with their gang signs and other graffiti.



In England, they put cameras in bad areas in several towns with a bad reputation for criminal activity. Remarkably, the crime disappeared overnight.



Ron
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 3/15/2012
Geez, Tom....you're not upset much, are you??? Cheer up, mate, I have a friend in merrie olde England who reminds me that surveillance cameras are EVERYWHERE in that happy land. The time of Big Brother is soon coming upon us!!!!

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Richard King 3/15/2012
What!!!! You been sleeping under a rock??? Ever heard of the INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION? Well, that was last century, we're now in the TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION and have been since the last half of the last century. It's only going to get worse. BEND OVER!!!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/15/2012
"You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day.” The Promo from the television series – Person of Interest.

Big Brother is Definitely Watching – Cameras are everywhere today - Street Corners, Back Alleys, Rooftops, Loading Docks, Gas Stations, ATMs, Traffic Lights, Tollbooths, etc., etc., etc. Be Very Careful Out There.

And man, are you ever lucky – only 40 Bucks for a traffic cam violation? They are at least $100 around these parts, and my spouse has amassed quite a few of them.

On the bright side, the loading dock surveillance camera at a nearby factory recorded our latest canine rescue, Hank,
desperately dumpster diving late at night, searching for scraps of food. We were called in because he was first spotted on camera, and Hank has now been saved from a life of neglect and starvation.
Reviewed by John Coppolella 3/14/2012
Bravo. All that to pay chicken feed to the public works slaves who maintain it all for them. I was in court to dispute a traffic ticket case, but not before another man went to court to fight for his constitutional right to a fair trial. His case was called first. He came well prepared and showed the judge a detailed color coded 3-D drawing of the intersection and accident presented on an easel, proving it was not his fault. A crowd of police officers (who also got paid out the same pot of money they helped to generate, as the judge did in the case), including the officer involved in the man's case, all were standing on the side of the court room and laughed when the judge dismissed the man's evidence by saying, "I don't care what you have to say, I've known these officers for 20 years, and if they say you did it, you did it. Case closed!" That said I quietly paid my ticket and went home, driving the speed limit wearing my safety belt visibly attached.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/14/2012
Don't know what you'd do in a non democratic country where ranting like this would get u arrested and jailed for life in a gulag (sp?)...you would have been gone long ago...but can't say that I disagree...e
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