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And what we have here is another violent and aggressive driver emboldened by driving not an SUV, but an SAV (Suburban Assault Vehicle).
There is no chance of it actually happening, but this person needs to be charged with assault with a lethal weapon. The only reason it won't happen is that the powers-that-be refuse to recognize the carnage caused by people driving like this. How scary would it be if every other person on the street was carrying an assault weapon? That is exactly what we have on our streets today. Look around and notice the assault vehicles. (They are defined more by the driver than the vehicle, by the way.) The SUVs/SAVs are just higher caliber weapons.
Suddenly you recognize the price of car culture in human lives. A hundred people die in a car bombing in the Middle East? It is heart-breaking news. A hundred people die in car accidents in the US and it is a good day because it is less than average.
Lest you forgot, freedom of speech insures your freedom to say things that I disagree with. So while I disagree with all of the calls for violence made on here, you are free to make them (though enciting violence is pushing up against the limits of the First Amendment).
It is only too bad that the fourth estate cannot be counted on to expand the public's understanding of the real issues here. Some guy climbed a flag pole? WHY? That would be news. That would encourage a thoughtful exchange of issues and promote an informed electorate. Oh wait, never mind. This is the interwebs. We just want to gripe about everyone to prove how awesome we are.
Folks, while you are racing through Portland trying to get back to Camas, or Vancouver, or where ever you came from, some us are already home. You are driving through our neighborhood. Be respectful. The speed limits are there for a reason. It is time people stopped (or at least slowed down) to think about who they are endangering with their reckless, careless, and agressive driving.
The worst part of living in inner NE Portland? The drivers from out of state who drive like they took a wrong turn off their NASCAR track. And yeah, I am a little sensitive. One of them ran me over.
The fact that the media and Rogue can exploit the public's ignorance of biology and ecology to create and "culture" this story is the only thing amazing here.
Obviously your example is/was different. If you want to hit me I bet your kids aren't too different.
Think about it if you can.
Yeah, then you are modeling an even better solution. Somebody does something you do not approve of you just hit them. That is sooo much better.
(Even your screen name points to the self-centered attitude you espouse.)
How about we all MODEL love, respect, acceptance, tolerance, cooperation, community, ...
Let's break the cycle, not fan the flames!