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Old Jun 21, 2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Water quality complaints could be 'act of terrorism'

At least it's not from Florida.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...orism/2445071/

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A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director warned a group of Maury County residents that unfounded complaints about water quality could be considered an "act of terrorism."

"We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously," said Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC's Division of Water Resources, according to audio recorded by attendees. "But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there's no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism."

"Can you say that again, please?" an audience member can be heard asking on the audio.

Smith went on in the recording to repeat the claim almost verbatim.
I'd be curious to see where in the Homeland Security regulations that that can be considered an act of terrorism.
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Old Jun 21, 2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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At least it's not from Florida.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...orism/2445071/



I'd be curious to see where in the Homeland Security regulations that that can be considered an act of terrorism.
Probably the same as yelling Fire in a theater or yelling Bomb on an airplane.

What is with the Florida reference?
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Probably the same as yelling Fire in a theater or yelling Bomb on an airplane.
That's a pretty slippery slope there.

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What is with the Florida reference?
We're just used to stupidity coming out of Florida, that's all. But that's not the case here.
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Old Jun 21, 2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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What is with the Florida reference?
I don't dislike Florida and it's probably just confirmation bias, but we often see weird stories come out of Florida...
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Old Jun 21, 2013, 10:00 AM   #5
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I don't dislike Florida and it's probably just confirmation bias, but we often see weird stories come out of Florida...
Yes we do get some odd stories out of Florida but that is mostly due to all the crap that ends up in this state from the northeast. Most people in this state are transplants. I've been here 13 years and less then 50% of the time I meet someone who was actually born here.

Anyway I guess this story is a little odd. I can see if you are calling the water department saying you poisoned the water system but to call to just voice a complaint seems a little odd to be construed as an act of terrorism.
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Yes we do get some odd stories out of Florida but that is mostly due to all the crap that ends up in this state from the northeast.
You mean the good part of the country? And no, the odd stories are usually related to the extremist republicans you have in your state, not the northeast liberal transplants.
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You mean the good part of the country? And no, the odd stories are usually related to the extremist republicans you have in your state, not the northeast liberal transplants.
Well we have extremist liberals down here too. Here is a prime example of a nut job transplant from the northeast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grayson
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It is beginning to seem that if you squint your eye real carefully, turn your head just so, hold your breath and stand on your head...just about anything can be considered an act of terrorism.

Kind of reminds me of the McCarthy era...laugh at the wrong thing and you ended up with the FBI all up your ass for the rest of your life.

I'm not diminishing the need for caution, but we are reaching the reductio ad absurdum.
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"But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there's no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism."
The problem here is that a citizen doesn't have the wherewithal to know whether there is a basis or not for their complaint. All they know is that their water tasted "funny" or looks cloudy. They can't reasonably test and determine if these sensed changes are actually a result of poor water quality or not.
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Well we have extremist liberals down here too. Here is a prime example of a nut job transplant from the northeast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grayson
What makes him a nut job?
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What makes him a nut job?
He's from the North, not a Floridian...whose native population are all completely rational and reasonable folks!

Boy, don't you know anything!

OMG!

He's from the Bronx....that says it all!

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What makes him a nut job?
I'm not going to derail this thread on this guy so do your own research http://www.google.com/#q=alan+grayson+nutjob
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I'm not going to derail this thread on this guy so do your own research http://www.google.com/#q=alan+grayson+nutjob

How do you feel about Allen West?
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I'm not going to derail this thread on this guy so do your own research http://www.google.com/#q=alan+grayson+nutjob
Umm...did you even look through the results of that google search before posting it?
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Does this sound like a preemptive attack on people who want the State to monitor water quality because of fears related to fracking?
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Does this sound like a preemptive attack on people who want the State to monitor water quality because of fears related to fracking?
I was thinking the same thing.
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I was thinking the same thing.
Anyone wanna bet that the water commissioner who made the threat is a Republican?
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Well we have extremist liberals down here too. Here is a prime example of a nut job transplant from the northeast. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Grayson

What makes one of the most progressive members of congress a nut job? Off the top of your head, can you name anything specific?

What do you think of people like Michelle Bachman, Louie Gohmert, Alan West, Ted Cruz, or Darrell Issa?

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By the way, were these complaints due to the high amount of hydrogen in water?
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What makes one of the most progressive members of congress a nut job? Off the top of your head, can you name anything specific?

What do you think of people like Michelle Bachman, Louie Gohmert, Alan West, Ted Cruz, or Darrell Issa?

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By the way, were these complaints due to the high amount of hydrogen in water?
Here is his greatest hits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s726kjPsfXY

I think a hell of a lot more about the others you listed then this guy.
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Here is his greatest hits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s726kjPsfXY

I think a hell of a lot more about the others you listed then this guy.

Is today gotcha Friday or something? You really think much more highly of someone like Michelle Bachman, Louie Gohmert, Alan West, Ted Cruz, or Darrel Issa? Have you heard the crazy that comes out of their mouths?
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Umm...did you even look through the results of that google search before posting it?
Google searches are not flat: what you get will not match what someone else gets because they like to tailor your results to yield the kind of stuff you would most likely want to look at.
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Google searches are not flat: what you get will not match what someone else gets because they like to tailor your results to yield the kind of stuff you would most likely want to look at.
Google says that it "sometimes personalizes your search results based on your past search activity on Google."

Here's how to turn off search history personalization...
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It is beginning to seem that if you squint your eye real carefully, turn your head just so, hold your breath and stand on your head...just about anything can be considered an act of terrorism.

Kind of reminds me of the McCarthy era...laugh at the wrong thing and you ended up with the FBI all up your ass for the rest of your life.

I'm not diminishing the need for caution, but we are reaching the reductio ad absurdum.
I agree with everything but the last sentence. We have ALREADY gone past the point of the complete absurd.

The rule of law is becoming completely unhinged with the "concern" over preventing terrorism.
Seriously, the terrorist are laughing their asses off. They would have never imagined that they could destroy America by instilling enough paranoia to turn on everything that made this country great over the last hundreds of years. &*%$ing shame.

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