North Dakota is considering passage of a bill to eliminate liability for drivers who accidentally strike protestors with their cars on highways.
As reported: "House Bill 1203 was written up in direct response to groups of protesters blocking roadways, Kempenich told the paper. He claims protesters were seen jumping out in front of vehicles" (source).
I think it is an excellent idea because I do not believe there is anyway that you, as a driver, should be held liable for the actions of arsehats who intentionally place themselves in harms way by jumping out in front of approaching vehicles on roadways and thus cause an accident. Of course it could have some drawbacks and over zealous drivers might put the pedal to the metal hoping to hit someone and get off Scott free under this law. I am willing to bet though that passage of this law and refusal to prosecute the first driver involved in such an accident that badly injures or kills a protestor would cause the number of protests on highways plummet. Such though is life, and this would be fair to law abiding drivers involved in such accidents. I mean - if you want to take a chance recklessly protesting on an active highway then I think you, not the drivers on the highway who are driving there legally, should suffer the consequence of your foolhardy actions!
As you may be aware, Feld Inc. - the owners of Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus - have announced that the circus will be giving its last performances this spring. One of the deciding reasons for the closure is apparently that animal rights whackos drove the last nail into the coffin with their successful campaign to eliminate elephants from the performances. Ticket sales which were already declining took a nose dive once the elephants were gone.
The thing about the elephants is that they made great The Greatest Show On Earth. Feld Inc. says it never anticipated the sharp decline in tickets sales that took place after the removal of the elephants from the performances but I have to wonder, what did they expect! Did they think that members of animal rights groups would suddenly flock to buy circus tickets in appreciation for it. Whatever, I suppose it a moot point because the end is upon us, The Greatest Show On Earth will soon be nevermore.
With that in mind, I have sent a request to Feld. Inc.. My request is simply that in honor of the loyal fans of Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus - they bring back the elephants for this last tour and yes they still own the elephants - see this. I am hopeful that many of you will make the same request of them, whether you plan to see them one last time or not, and that you encourage your family and friends to do likewise by requesting they bring back the elephants for this last tour.
I just tried to purchase tickets for your final show on Sunday May 21st at the New Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. I had to settle for tickets on Friday night May 19th. That is okay by me but I have a special request of you not only for myself but for all of those who are fans of Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus.
I, and I am sure that millions of other Americans who love Ringling Brothers And Barnum & Bailey Circus, in fact certainly all of those who will attend your last tour, would ask that you bring back the elephants for this final tour. Maybe it would be impractical or not cost effective but please think of the smiles you would put on the faces and of all the joy you would put into the hearts of the ladies, gentleman, boys & girls, children of all ages who would be in attendance if each show had at least a few elephants there to perform. If you at all wish to honor your fans with performances they deserve, for sticking with you until the end, then please, I implore you, make this happen! Don't go out with a whimper - go out with the memory of your circus truly being The Greatest Show On Earth!
All the best, Glenn B..."
I also included my phone number on the off chance they want to get back to me personally. Yes, I realizes this is probably not going to happen, that is unless we - the normal people who loved seeing the elephants at the circus and who loved to see the smiles they put on the faces of children, do something to make it happen. I wrote to both of them with the same request. It only takes a few moments, so I truly hope you will join me in doing the same.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be shutting down operations in May 2017 and I believe that you can pretty much thank the lefty animal rights fanatics for closing it down. While ticket sales had declined some in general, the elimination of the elephants from the circus (pushed for over the years by such whacko groups as PETA) resulted in a severe decline in ticket sales.
"After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year. Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company..." (Source.)
"The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an unsustainable business for the company. Following the transition of the elephants off the circus, the company saw a decline in ticket sales greater than could have been anticipated..." (Source.)
I just tried getting tickets, through Ticket Master, for the last show ever, which is to be at the new Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on May 21st. Sadly, no tickets were available at any price. I may still get tickets for another performance although it would have been sweet, actually bitter-sweet, to be there for the very last show of this American icon of family entertainment.
Fucking Crazy animal rights bastards fanatics probably wished for this result in the end and I'd like to bitch slap reprimand each and every one of them for their self righteous foolishness. Thanks a lot assholes!
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