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NYPD families and friends have “get out of jail free” cards

I once saw on a “Judge Judy” TV court show the judge saying she knew why a defendant was not ticketed for a traffic accident. The defendant had made a phone call to his relative in the police department who, in turn, called the cop on the scene and “persuaded” the latter to not issue a citation.

Now we have proof that this kind of police nepotism/corruption is real and commonplace.

Michael Gartland reports for the New York Post, Jan. 6, 2013, that New York city’s police officers give NYPD union cards to their friends and families free of charge. Flashing one with your driver’s license is a way of suggesting you’re a member of law enforcement or at least related to someone who is.

The union cards are meant to be used to prove that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations. City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said, “It’s a way for a police officer to vouch for another person.”

Hot item: New York police union cards are selling on eBay for between $10 and $100But the NYPD discovered that those union cards are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop, although the resale of the coveted plastic is strictly prohibited by the unions. As Vallone put it, “That type of recommendation shouldn’t be available to the highest bidder.”

Purchasing the police union cards — Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), Detectives’ Endowment Association, the Lieutenants Benevolent Association (LBA) and the Sergeants Benevolent Association are all listed — is as easy as logging on to eBay, charging it to a credit card or PayPal and receiving it in the mail.

One eBay seller, “anonymous1234567,” pointed out that some cards — like the 2013 LBA card he sold to The Post for $100 — work better than others because “the union represents superior officers (bosses) and are harder to come by than the standard PBA cards.”

For sale: The union cards are meant to be used to prove that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations.

Police union heads and elected officials are calling for a probe and an end to the practice. City Councilman, Eric Ulrich demanded: “We need to do a full investigation. It’s an insult to the people who do work for the NYPD.” For his part, Councilman Vallone vowed he would begin “exploring legal options” to outlaw the sale on eBay.

In other words, what NYPD and Councilmen Vallone and Ulrich are really saying is that only NYPD families and friends can partake of this corruption!

Only one NY councilman, Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), recognizes right from wrong, suggesting that the cards be done away with altogether to avoid ethical breaches like the Bronx ticket-fixing scandal, which resulted in charges against 16 city cops. “Our traffic laws should not be enforced with winks and nods,” Garodnick said. “I don’t know which is worse, the existence of a get-out-of-jail-free card or the fact that the cards are being hawked on the Internet.”

Furious: Police union leaders and elected officials say they want an investigation carried out and are looking for a way to stop the online card sales Nepotism is not “professionalism”!

[Source of photos: Daily Mail, Jan. 6, 2013]

~Eowyn

Will it soon be illegal to sell your stuff?

I’ve received several email alerts about this upcoming court case. If it flies, it will put Craigslist, Ebay,  Church Bazaars, Garage Sales, Used Car Lots and Secondhand Thrift Shops out of business..

Earth to satellite: When will you hit — and where?

By MARCIA DUNN – AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago

I don’t know about you but 1 in 3200 is not that bad. You have a better chance of getting hit with space junk than the lottery or getting struck by lightning.

~ Steve~                                    H/T  igor

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By MARCIA DUNN - AP Aerospace Writer | AP – 11 hrs ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It’s just that if they’re off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran or India.

Pinpointing where and when hurtling space debris will strike is an imprecise science. For now, scientists predict the earliest it will hit is Thursday U.S. time, the latest Saturday. The strike zone covers most of Earth.

Not that citizens need to take cover. The satellite will break into pieces, and NASA put the chances that somebody somewhere will get hurt at just 1-in-3,200.

As far as anyone knows, falling space debris has never injured anyone. Nor has significant property damage been reported. That’s because most of the planet is covered in water and there are vast regions of empty land.

If you do come across what you suspect is a satellite piece, NASA doesn’t want you to pick it up. The space agency says there are no toxic chemicals present, but there could be sharp edges. Also, it’s government property. It’s against the law to keep it as a souvenir or sell it on eBay. NASA’s advice is to report it to the police.

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