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  • On 21 Aug 2014 in How would you respond to this police officer?, CDon said:

    Call it Crazy says

    Dan8267 says

    I have provided dozens of linked articles in addition to videos from various local and national news programs. You are just trolling.

    Dozens..... and a few videos... boy, that's a whole bunch...

    Like I said:

    Call it Crazy says

    Out of over a million employed in Law Enforcement.... You can't even stretch it to 1%...

    Nobody denies there are a few bad apples, but you're really pushing the envelope to try and convince us that it's a major problem.

    While I don't want to get dragged into the legal nuances of this debate largely because some here are grossly informed over what 4th amendment rights they have and when (i.e. exigent circumstances, terry stops, hot pursuit doctrine, reasonable and articulate suspicion...) I will add this one factual nugget to color
    your viewpoints:

    This office has somewhere between 3,000 - 5,000 files where we have dashcam, jailcam, video of our client being detained, arrested, interrogated, etc. Every single one is reviewed mostly for procedural errors, (i.e. when did the investigative detention become a custodial interrogation? - At what point was the client Mirandized?) These issues do come up, probably 10% of the time, but otherwise, these videos are terribly boring, banal, routine interactions between authorities and the citizenry that no one would ever give a shit about.

    Now, as to the sort of repulsive behavior which becomes the stuff of youtube videos that you guys are discussing here, I asked our paralegal, of the 3,000-5,000 videos he has seen, how many have risen to this level? His response "about 6 or 7".

    Now to me, 6 or 7 out of several thousand would indeed suggest its more bad apples than anything, but I will let you gentlemen
    decide. Good luck Counselors Bryan & Darrow!

  • On 20 Aug 2014 in Why your house is a terrible investment, CDon said:

    retire59 says

    We did not have the money to qualify for a down, then when we did we could not afford the monthly mortgage...thus the plan worked for us.

    Respectfully, Im not seeing how being priced out is a "plan". In essence you had no choice - you couldn't afford to buy in 1979, you couldn't afford to buy in 2009. So again why thank Patrick in a rent vs buy thread when in reality, there never was a choice for you to make as you've been priced out for your whole life?

    In any event, I see nothing "smart" about (your words) renting for life and hating every minute of it. The reality is, had you been willing to sacrifice the way most of us did who bought when young, it pays huge dividends later in life. Like Patrick I confronted a rent vs buy calculator in 1999 (rent =2200 /buying =2700) and here in 2014 I thank god every day that I ignored it and bought (comparable rent now =3200).

    Fact is your story is more of a teachable moment for the younger posters & lurkers on this site - if you are going to spend your whole life in one area, and if you can sacrifice early to afford it, a house usually pays enormous dividends well down the road. But unless you are able and willing to make that sacrifice, be warned, you later in life may have no choice but to move away.

  • On 7 Aug 2014 in Why is housing so expensive in California: A case study, CDon said:

    Heraclitusstudent says

    For a while the majority profits from this. Homeowners are rewarded by higher prices. Property taxes collected by authorities go up.

    But at some point the market will shrink to the a fringe who can actually buy ('afford' is too big a word). People will move out of the state and those who buy will be so deep in debt that they won't contribute much to the economy.

    That's a losing strategy in the longer term.

    King Carter did this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Carter_I

    Eventually he acquired over 450+ Miles of land. He refused to sell/give/lease any of it to the surrounding communities (Warwickshire Accomacshire, etc) and their otherwise vibrant economies stagnated.

    Eventually things got so bad that literally everyone moved away, the shires dried up (they no longer exist - now known as the "lost cities of Virginia") and Carter and his extended family lived happily ever after.

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