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Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 13:17:45 +0000 (UTC)
From: Joe Morris <>
Subject: Re: Running Lights

Bob <> writes: >On Mon, 1 Mar 2004 13:28:29 +0000 (UTC), Joe Morris ><> wrote: >>it's considered to >>be very impolite to approach a guard station at night with the >>headlights on. It makes it harder for the guards to see inside >>and around the cars, and thus irritates them ... not a good idea >>when the guards are armed with official gov'mt weapons which >>are *not* loaded with blanks... >Just curious... where do you have "guard stations". Are these at the >borders or elsewhere ? In these days, at just about any place where the gov'mt is worried. Military bases are an obvious example; so are the gates into the operational areas at some large airports. I'm in the Washington DC area, so add to that the parking lots for numerous gov'mt buildings: not only the Capitol and the Puzzle Palace (aka "Pentagon"), but just about every other place of interest such as the Naval Observatory (where, thanks to a power play several years ago, one finds the Vice President's residence). Ditto, although without sidearms, for the parking area under the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. Yes, the gov'mt is paranoid, but recall the old adage that "just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you." Joe Morris

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