> They can't wait up to one year to get their > money and back interest -- when the taxpayer > comes in to get their tags renewed they need to > use "valuable" LEO time
I suspect these taxes are city/county property taxes, not state DMV registration fees, and as such won't show up in the state computers when the person renews their tags.
When I lived in Virginia, not only did I have to pay my state DMV registration fee, but my county assessed a vehicle property tax on top of it. You had to go into the county office and pay for a special window sticker that proved you'd paid your yearly county vehicle tax.
I drew the line when my city decided it didn't have enough money to spend and added a *third* vehicle tax on top of the other two. Since I was only going to be living in Virginia for two more years, I just ignored it and figured I'd deal with the consequences if they happened to nail me during that time. I knew the odds were slim that they would (and they never did) because I lived in a high-rise with a secure garage and my car spent 90% of its time off city streets and away from the eyes of the enforcers.
> A small amount of redaction (face-blurring, etc.) > would address the privacy concerns.
No, it wouldn't. People's voices would still be on the recording. That combined with the content of what is actually said, and with a readily identifiable location in the background (street intersection, landmark, etc.) all would be more than enough to identify the person in the recording.
Additionally, working informants is a key aspect of policing and way that a significant number of crimes are solved. If the cops can't turn off the cameras, no informant with half a brain will ever talk to a cop again knowing he's being recorded.
> After all, reality TV pioneer COPS has run for years > with minimal privacy complaints and that's all it's > ever used.
That's because COPS requires people sign waivers to appear on camera. Even the face-blurred people sign a waiver. You can choose to let them air the footage with the blur or without, but either way, you have to sign a release or they don't use the footage at all.
And the threat of a lawsuit is pretty dangerous if Cuthbert really did have an affair with the other player. If the station or the original tweeter call their bluff and say, "So go ahead and sue us", the players and the actress will open themselves up to discovery and have lawyers picking through their private lives with a microscope. If she really did cheat, not only will all that be made public, it will invalidate their defamation claim, since truthful information cannot be legally defamatory.
> This would give the Grady "Showboat" Judds > of Florida law enforcement all the reason > they need to send ad hoc anti-piracy task > forces all over the US to shut down infringing > sites.
If I was running a server in Idaho and some Florida cop showed up and attempted to shut me down, I'd laugh my ass off, tell him to go pound sand, and have *him* arrested for trespass and harassment if he refused to leave.
> And it would potentially force any number > of site owners worldwide to give up their > anonymity. The bill isn't limited to sites/site > owners residing in Florida. All it says is > "electronic dissemination… to consumers in > this state." If a website can be accessed from > Florida, it conceivably falls under the jurisdiction > of this proposed law.
No, it wouldn't. If I'm living in California, or Japan, or Italy, I don't subject myself to Florida's jurisdiction merely by putting a website up on the internet.
That's ridiculous. Florida doesn't have jurisdiction throughout the known universe, no matter what idiotic laws it may pass or what they say.
> Granted someone always finds a way around because > the Internet is so dynamic but eventually when the person > is caught they are severely dealt with at my base.
For gawd's sake, the easiest way around it is to just take out your frakking personal iPhone or iPad and watch all the porn you can stomach on it with absolutely zero oversight or chance of being caught-- from an IT perspective, that is. You could always be physically caught if someone walks in on you while you're watching it.
My agency's computers are so locked down that approximately 50% of the links on the Drudge Report are blocked on any given day, and those are all mainstream news sites. For some reason, we've blocked the entire country of Australia. If the URL ends in .au, it's blocked. So what do I do? I use my iPhone for most of my daily internetting, especially when I get a hankering for some kinky kangaroo porn.
> She appealed it all the way to the Ninth Circuit, > so it's not like she didn't fight it.
"All the way"? You make it sound like a long and involved journey. It's just the next step up from the bottom. After the district (trial) court, you appeal to the circuit court of appeals, in this case the 9th Circuit.
In Georgia, there doesn't have to be any nexus to sex whatsoever to land you on the sex offender registry.
A couple years ago, prosecutors there wanted to put a habitual thief on the sex offender registry. His lawyer, quite reasonably, objected, pointing out that stealing TVs and cash and jewelry has nothing to do with sex.
The Georgia Supreme Court said that doesn't matter. The state can put you on the sex offender registry for anything crime it likes and you have no legal recourse.
Exactly. Do without. You're not entitled to a car in this world.
I did without for many years when I was younger for precisely that reason. I could barely afford a car, but I couldn't afford the insurance and other costs, so I did without, and still managed to get where I needed to go.
What I didn't do is whine about it, break the law, and justify it with my personal sob story.
Honestly, I never gave this much thought. Green vs. blue was always just a way for me to tell whether I was sending a free iMessage vs. an SMS text that would count against my monthly total (before I switched to unlimited, then it didn't make any difference).
How does this even work in the first place? How does the newsagent even know the names and addresses to give to the police? When I buy a newspaper from a newstand, I hand over the buck-fitty and the guy hands me a paper. He doesn't ask for my name, address, telephone number, or anything else.
> Over here in Germany, you might not move your car a meter > in public space without insurance covering damage caused by > you to other drivers: you don't get license plates without > insurance, and when your insurance gets terminated for any > reason, you have to return the license plates when without > proof of continuation.
What if you don't need insurance? What if you have more money than the insurance company and there's no possible accident that you wouldn't be able to afford to pay for?
Do you still have to play this silly insurance game with the government?
(I've wondered this about Obamacare, too. Does Bill Gates actually have to sign up for a health insurance policy when he has so much money that there's no medical bill he wouldn't be able to just afford to pay outright?)
And in the Utah case, how does the cop who stops you on the road in the middle of the night verify your net worth to know that you don't need insurance?
> if the impounding is for everyone then we are all equal right?
Not really. Most of the people driving without insurance are illegals because they can't get insurance (or drivers licenses, in many cases), so the result of a law like this will be that the majority of seized vehicles will be from illegals, which will whip the typical grievance groups up into a frenzy, and the law will most likely either be repealed or gutted, as it was in California.