Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. jackson49

    jackson49 said, over 1 year ago

    Ted, U see this the past week? It’s about our brave drones.

    White House wins fight to keep drone killings of Americans secret
    jan 3. 2013

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Well, medical personnel have to do the blood draw. I’m surprised at the rulling because for so long “drinkin’, drivin’, good ol’ boy” judges, and prosecutors, have long been sensitive about being “too harsh” on drunk drivers, even after they’ve killed someone. Now about that “field sobriety” that still stands in most jurisdictions as “evidence”, maybe judges are as hung up on the “forensics” and “science” as the publlic watching CSI who have no clue about how things REALLY work?

  3. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    Try being a diabetic. You get to draw your own blood between 3-7 times a day.
    Of course, I see your point, Ted. An American citizen should not be forced to self-incriminate for a traffic violation. Dashboard cameras should be more than sufficient evidence in a traffic stop, capturing both the driving and subsequent reactions of the suspect as evidence. I imagine the first person to claim they contracted AIDS or some other blood-borne disease from an improperly administered draw will become a millionaire. Not to mention the risk to the officers themselves, should the suspect have a virus.
    Plus, an unnecessary blood draw from a hemophiliac can result in injury. And people on chemotherapy, who may have a reaction to their meds and exhibit intoxicated behavior, may be fatally wounded by a simple draw not administered by their doctor.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    All good points. Here’s an easy fix: if the driver refuses a breath-a-lyzer, he is automatically guilty of DUI. Want to prove you’re not? Blow.

    Too simple?

  5. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    At one time there was a plan to allow the officers at weigh stations to draw urine samples from truckers they suspected of being on drugs, and to hold the drivers at the scales until the drug test results came through!
    I don’t believe that it ever passed, but it’s a scary thought that untrained cops might be given that much power.
    Kinda like the thugs that the TSA have pawing through your luggage and doing body searches at the airport…

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If the blood test shows THC, how do you decide if the driver was intoxicated or not?
    You can always get the blood during the madatory strip search.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t you just love how the Drug War continues to rot our freedoms it moves to “protect us” in ways that would never have happened if they never enacted that law in 1914 then built upon it in the 1970’s.
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    “For the greater good” they will say, they take more of our rights.
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    A nice episode of Sliders called “California Reich” Hitler is unknown but the governor of California has instituted DNA tests and anyone not white is called an “immigrant” and sent away or murdered or turned into a mouthless slave. Young thugs in uniform attack and ‘arrest’ these immigrants and take them to a local gulag. Most get surgically altered into slaves. They manage to show the truth before they slide to another universe.

  8. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, over 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Here’s an easy fix: if the driver refuses a breath-a-lyzer, he is automatically guilty of DUI.
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    Usually your posts are relevant and cogent.
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    This one falls far short of your usual standard.
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    I have just one question:
    At what point did you surrender the legal requisite of “innocent until proved guilty”?

  9. Mhic Dhu Ghaill

    Mhic Dhu Ghaill GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    When VA finally lowered the limit to .08 one State Senator, Fears, commented “Now they have taken the sport ot of drinkin’!”

  10. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year ago

    @Donald Williams

    I live in Alaska, we have quite the drinking problem here.
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    Refusing a breathalizer test does not make you drunk.
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    However, the law on the books puts refusing a request froman officer to submit to an alcohol check on a public highway is a felony.
    Refusal to blow in a breathalizer is a felony in Alaska. Thought I would say it twice.
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    This avoids the self incrimination, breathalizer refusal is a crime all unto itself.
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    The police report in the local paper lists refusals right along with drunk driving. Surprise surprise, the penalties are the same also.

  11. Pete Rogan

    Pete Rogan GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Why stop with blood? Why stop with any fluid? If you’re drunk on the road, isn’t that cause enough to disappear you? Lots of places macerated corpses can be put. And why stop at drunk driving? DWB ought to be good enough to enforce some old-fashioned racial hygiene, not to mention settle some scores with other people who COULD have been black… but it doesn’t matter after they’re liquidated, now does it?
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    Lots of good could come from this. Jesus would be so proud.

  12. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 1 year ago

    @Donald Williams

    How about: refuse the blood or breath test, your license to drive is automatically suspended.


    Driving is a privilege, not a right.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    But is that what this is really about? Without limits they can pull anyone over for any reason or no reason. That is what I am afraid of. It gets too easily for them. And the Drug War is a 95 year blight on our country.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Mr. Ima said, about 2 hours ago

    LOL!!! Those poor brown skinned people have no chance in the eyes of liberals.
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    Typically you invert the reality to make your point. It is the brown people who have no chance against the Cons.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Mr. Ima said, about 1 hour ago

    I see a day when all cars will have an alcohol testing system on them.
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    Why so narrow? It can be a full spectrum analyzer to find out what is in your blood. Legal and illegal since there are plenty of drugs that tell you not to operate heavy machinery.

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