Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Welcome to the Machine
Self | 12/6/12 | Self

Posted on 12/06/2012 9:49:45 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz

Today I found out what the difference is between a Democrat and a Republican.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: democrat; republican; vanity
Today my wife and I had the pleasure of going before a municipal court judge and pleading no contest. We paid our $100 fine and took the 5 months probation. Why?

Well, sometime this past summer, someone told the water police that we watered our lawn on a day that wasn't part of the water schedule. Since we were in drought condition 2, we are only supposed to water on certain days at certain times.

When we appeared before the prosecuter, he said that since we were observed watering our lawn and that a water cop signed an affidavit, we had the choice of pleading guilty and paying the fine, or pleading innocent and coming back for a trial. So why go down there in the first place?

For traffic tickets, on the ticket you can plead whatever and if you plead innocent, you get something in the mail when you have to come in for your trial. For the water police, you are not afforded that opportunity. You either pay the fine and take the probation, or when you waste a morning to plead innocent, they then schedule you for a court date.

So Buzz, what is up with this Democrat/Republican thing. Well, it was us homeowners that were paying the fines. We stood in line, b*tched and moaned while the people behind the glass, sat around, drank coffee and got to us at their convenience. 20 people on line, 1 window open, and 5 people behind the glass doing nothing. Someone on line said to me, "we are paying for them to drink coffee." I said we are also paying for them to retire with a nice pension while it is costing us money standing on line. Two more people on line joined the conversation and soon 20 people were complaining.

At that point I understood. We were all homeowners, we all pay property taxes, water bills and other utilities and we are giving up our freedom and money so the people behind the glass can live a good life when they retire.

My wife saw I was steaming and said we cannot fight it, so why bother? Why bother indeed.

Like lemmings we stood there and let the government take our hard earned money without even a fight. There are things we can do like overburden the system and plead innocent and force our accusers to show up in court. Which they won't because most of this is a money grab and they know we will give in.

Welcome to the Machine.

1 posted on 12/06/2012 9:49:49 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

It is what it is, and your time is valuable to you, so I would have probable done the same thing.

Anyway you look at it, we’re screwed............

Sad, but true.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 9:54:23 AM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

Our solution was to move away from California.


3 posted on 12/06/2012 9:58:22 AM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

Resistance is futile. Armed resistance has promise.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 9:59:33 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

“Red Light” Camera “Tickets(Extortion)” in Council Bluffs Iowa is the SAME way.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 10:04:49 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

“Red Light” Camera “Tickets(Extortion)” in Council Bluffs Iowa is the SAME way.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 10:05:08 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoffvnUNhk4

Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine.

Where have you been? It’s alright we know where you been.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 10:06:03 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

“Whiskey’s for drinkin’. Water’s for fightin’ over.”

If the Democrats could figure a way to measure the air that you use, they would tax it, too.

Politics used to be about selecting the right person for a job. The right person was the candidate who would get the most effective and efficient use out of the taxpayer’s hard-earned dollar. Is that what the Democrats run on these days? They don’t even pretend anymore.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 10:07:19 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeganC

“Our solution was to move away from California.”

I live in Texas!!!


9 posted on 12/06/2012 10:19:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (George W. Bush is the Emmanuel Goldstein of the modern era.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: chris37

Any thread with a Pink Floyd reference is a good thread. Pink Floyd make the Beatles look like Milli Vanilli!


10 posted on 12/06/2012 10:28:49 AM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

Maybe you’ll get to go for the bonus round - a fine from the HOA for letting your grass turn to straw!

Not sure if you want the attention - but this sounds like a good story for the local news to put on TV. Would be great to catch those busy public servants on camera having such fun while we’re paying their salary. And benefits. And pension. And, etc.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 10:33:17 AM PST by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

Agreed. I’ve listened to them since I was 16 years old.

They are my favorite band of all time.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 10:53:55 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Made In The USA

“Maybe you’ll get to go for the bonus round - a fine from the HOA for letting your grass turn to straw!”

Been there, got a t-shirt. That’s what prompted me to put in sod and water that area. The rest I hand watered or let go to crap.

I was perfectly content with my nearly dead St. Augustine. The HOA wasn’t.


13 posted on 12/06/2012 12:09:13 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (George W. Bush is the Emmanuel Goldstein of the modern era.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: EQAndyBuzz

HOA’s are evil... I think there is or should be an HOA’s Are Evil ping list. :p


14 posted on 12/06/2012 12:23:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: chris37

It’s alright we know where you’ve been.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 1:08:10 PM PST by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: chris37

Totally, I started liking them when I was 30, had the Wall in 1990 but really go into them 8 years ago. Been to Roger Waters concerts in May this year in SF and in 2010 in Anaheim. Pink Floyd is the best band.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 2:25:48 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

My favorite song fomr thim is Wish You Were Here.

Following that Echoes full length version, Hey You, Comfortably Numb, and Mother.

A particular favorite of mine from Mr. Waters is Gunner’s Dream.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 2:32:33 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: chris37

The best are what you mentioned. I would add, Shine on you Crazy diamonds the full lenght version. And Atom Heart mother. But Echoes is one of those “WOW” songs. And Confortably Numb of course has the best Guitar Solo ever.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 4:04:43 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

Yep, Shine On is just fantastic and in a way is very similar to Atom Mother and Echoes, where the song is sort of a meandering comet streaming through the universe rising and falling to the different phases of the music and licks from David’s guitar.

Well at least that is how I envisioned it in my mind back many years ago when I was somewhat less than sober.

I remember the first time I ever heard Echoes and how completely blown away I was by it. it was sheer poetry of both lyrics and music, and the way the early guitar solo builds in that song is just stunning to me.

There is nothing in music anywhere that I know of that is anything even close to what these guys achieved. Absolutely unique.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 5:46:00 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: chris37

That is how I felt about echoes and the way they do the guitar with the shreiking and sounds. I told my buddy wish i still smoked pot and listen once and while.


20 posted on 12/07/2012 10:57:20 AM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

Well, I don’t smoke pot anymore, but I still enjoy listening to Floyd a great deal. I have all my favorites on the Ipod and my pc playlist.

Thing I found out is I do not have to be high in order to ride the comet tail through the sky. Good music is just good music. I think I found that I enjoy it more sober later on in life.

It’s funny how the music one grows up with becomes the music of ones life. Nothing much of modern music reaches me on an intellectual or emotional basis these days, I think I’ve gotten old.


21 posted on 12/07/2012 11:31:04 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

The band’s just fantastic, that is really what I think, oh by the way, which one’s Pink?


22 posted on 12/07/2012 11:33:37 AM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: chris37

Animals is my favorite....Gilmour’s best album in terms of his guitar playing.


23 posted on 12/07/2012 11:34:59 AM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

Gilmour and Wright doing Echoes in 2006....RIP Richard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fWvqrW2Pvs

Waters is on my S-List for how he treated Rick, nothing like Gilmour and Wright doing their harmonies on the early Floyd albums.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 11:41:02 AM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator; chris37; crazydad

Epic Threadjack, gentlemen.


25 posted on 12/07/2012 11:51:08 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: GreenAccord

I blame Pink ^^


26 posted on 12/07/2012 12:27:50 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

Yep, I’d have to agree, though I enjoy his work on almost every thing he’s done, even find some worth on A Momentary Lapse of Reason which to me seemed a bit too commerical or trendy even. I particularly like the intro to Sorrow on that one.

I’ve also really enjoyed some of his more recent work such as Marooned.

He is my all time favorite gituarist. Even though there are other highly skilled guitarists that I admire, such as Lindsay Buckingham, there is something about Daivd’s sometimes bluesy, often dark, kind of let your guitar do the singing style that has always reached me. To me he is an artist and a genius.


27 posted on 12/07/2012 12:35:03 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: chris37

I also enjoyed when Dave toured with Pete Townshend in the mid-80s.....of course, Pete is no slouch on guitar, but even he knew he couldn’t hold a candle to Dave.


28 posted on 12/07/2012 1:39:06 PM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: chris37

Bingo. But as we have gotten older, we appreciate talent more. I was in the 80s a total DJ, Rap guy and although I still love old school rap more for nastalgia(hope I did not spell it wrong. I think talent comes from something deeper then just rapping or singing. It comes from inside. Roger Waters writing (when he was with Floyd) is incredible. And they just put it all together. My brother who is still a club DJ, I have told him without Pink Floyd you would not know how to Sample or Scratch or mix things together. They were doing it back in the late sixties and on. I guess we hijacked the thread. So guys Stay Safe and “OK a bit cleche” Rock on!


29 posted on 12/07/2012 11:40:55 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

My Ringtone is Have a Cigar! Wish you were here, The Wall, Dark Side of the moon are my favorites. I am the Ultimate fan here in Cali. Got a tattoo of the scream right in the middle of my chest. HURT LIKE A BI))) but it is awesome.


30 posted on 12/07/2012 11:42:44 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: GreenAccord

Ok sorry. Just giving the love where it is due. Have a good weekend.


31 posted on 12/07/2012 11:44:38 PM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: crazydad

:) no, FRiend, it’s all fine by me. It made for great reading and remembering my own Pink Floyd experiences.


32 posted on 12/08/2012 4:51:51 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson