Tag Archives: Justice

Belweather Day in WI Tuesday


For Whom Will the Bell Toll???

RECALL ELECTION 18th SENATE: Clerks expecting heavy turnout

SCOTUS To Review GPS Tracking

Be sure to watch the video in the Hot Air article on this subject of warrantless monitoring.

There are references that court rulings suggest “no expectation to privacy when driving on public roads.”

And yet, to have the FBI covertly place a tracker on your car means it has to be parked and the owner nowhere in sight. Likely, your driveway. But, that’s your property. Meaning the car AND the driveway. (How about when you park inside your garage?) Check your land deed for your property lines. Only so much of your property may be easements or locally managed property. And even then, there are arguments over how much of your trash is still your property or public for the sake of criminal investigations.

Are we a nation of laws, or aren’t we? The U.S. Constitution and local laws seem to say so.

“The law applies to everyone or it means nothing.”

So Sumi Is Done

So sayeth the Wisconsin Supreme Court, by reinstating Governor Walker’s plan to return Wisconsin to fiscal responsibility.

And an excellent analysis summary by Professor Jacobson.

Weiner To Go

Well, he says he is considering it.

About time. If one picture is worth a thousand words, he gave quite the novel.

Glad I didn’t read it.

New Logo In Town

Don't Tread On Me in 2012

Strong Arming A Citizen Taking Video

Miami Police did it.

After shooting a man to death, they turned their guns on a bystander.

Somehow, the motto “To Protect And Serve” just doesn’t seem right anymore.

Likely the question now is, to serve who? And how?

Not the citizen’s video, but possibly related/same event:

Homeowner Forecloses On Bank

Heh. That is accurate.

Ever hear of a bank trying to foreclose on a homeowner that didn’t have a mortgage with them?

Well now you have. Taken to court, losing, refusing to pay costs to homeowner. Sweet Justice indeed.

Financial Future For Who?

Us? China?

There is way too much in the way of articles, essays, opinions to opine about here.

Instead, here are a few links to whet your whistle, or increase your angst:

China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury. . . .”

29 Months into the most Left Wing U.S. Presidency and we are heading into an economic disaster.

More bad economic news.

I have one question:

How can one man, such as our President, solve this crisis when it is Congress that has helped him more than triple our indebtedness (and waants to spend even more) and our primary lender is separating itself from our poor financial dealings?

DNC – Is This the Best You Can Do?

I mean, really, shouldn’t you vet your candidates for heading up your party, or something?

Sheesh. Get a grip.

Oh, and here’s something from tweedledumber.

Black Boxes Are Not GPS

However, for those of us that have GPS in our vehicles … your speed can be determined by the GPS device itself. Continually. Just ask this guy.

Now, on to the issue of those Black Boxes in vehicles we drive:

First, they don’t broadcast. They record. They store only the last so many seconds of data in the event of a crash and/or activation of the airbags. And if you think they haven’t been in any vehicle yet, I’d recommend you look here to see if your car may have one already. My 2007 Silverado truck does.

This all boils down to – are these going to be a help, or the opposite. That depends.

It depends if you are going to be a victim, or the opposite. If you like to speed or drive recklessly, I have news for you – even without such a black box in your vehicle you could have related problems as simple as a ticket, or much worse. I only mention this as a reality, not from a legal or constitutional standpoint.

There is a lot of misinformation out there pertaining to what these boxes do, will do. Get technically informed, then argue the finer points of – should these be employed, or not. Should you be able to face your accuser, even – and especially – if it is an emotionless pile of technology.
Most recently there have been statements from various outfits that we will soon have no choice about having these in every vehicle in the United States. Such as here, here, here and here.

Some still say the issue is being “considered” rather than going to happen: Here, here and here.

The issue of such black boxes in our vehicles goes back in time as far back as 1974 (as I have found so far). Some examples: Article from Feb 2010.

Article from June 2003: (an excerpt)

The devices’ primary function is to monitor various sensors and decide whether to fire air bags. But secondary and more recently installed features in many recorders store data from a few seconds before a crash.

Though capabilities vary widely among carmakers, most recorders store only limited information on speed, seat belt use, physical forces, brakes and other factors. Voices are not recorded.

General Motors Corp. has been using recording-capable devices, called Sensing and Diagnostic Modules (search), since the 1990s to help improve safety and gather statistics. GM spokesman Jim Schell said consumer privacy has always been a top concern.

Article from August 2003: (excerpt)

Black boxes—event data recorders like the ones found in airliners—are increasingly common in automobiles and vary from one type of car to another. But cars with airbags have long had onboard computers with the sensors and software necessary to determine within 1/100 of a second that you’re in a crash; that’s how cars know when to deploy the bags. These computers, called sensing and diagnostic modules, are located inside the transmission hump, behind the dashboard, or under the seat, and constantly collect and process data on the car’s acceleration or deceleration. Airbag-equipped cars made by General Motors (which owns Cadillac) have had SDMs since 1974.

Beginning in the 1999 model year, though, GM upgraded SDMs to include an event data recorder. The newer SDMs track the car’s speed (from the speedometer), engine RPM, the exact position of the gas pedal, and whether or not the brake pedal was pressed, among other statistics. The SDM keeps the previous five seconds’ worth of this data in its onboard memory and, if the airbags are deployed, saves the most recent five seconds as a snapshot of events leading up to a possible collision. Ford and Isuzu added similar features to some models in this decade. Santa Barbara-based Vetronix sells a $2,500 “crash data recovery” gadget that will download the logs from these computers (the company lists what years and models it works with, and what data is recoverable).

Auto engineers designed and installed event-logging SDMs to study accidents and improve their cars’ safety, but the data from the boxes has also proven admissible in court.