With all the posting about the Bush daughters (Jeb's and W's) I find it worth noting that Gore's son was caught speeding and driving drunk. Did he get charged with anything? Of course not! He got busted once before for going 97 in a 55 and got slapped on the wrist with a 125 dollar fine. Having a rich/powerful father sure does help.
Yes, it is, and he was charged with that as well according to the linked article.
Getting a first-offense speeding ticket knocked down to a moderate fine isn't all that difficult -- I'm sure many of us know people who've had that happen. It's not uncommon for deals to be struck just to speed the case along and avoid a court battle, even when we mere mortals are the defendants.
Rich and powerful family connections rarely HURT in cases like these, of course.
"No society has managed to invest more time and energy in the perpetuation of the fiction that it is _moral, sane and wholesome_ than our current crop of _Modern Americans_." -- Frank Zappa
Yes - I know my share of highway patrolmen (and have run into my share) who are loathe to give someone a 15 MPH+ speeding ticket to someone from out of town or someone who's never had a ticket before, just to avoid traffic court dates being set for someone who likely couldn't make it.
But yeah, the rich kids like this are piles of shit - they really need their asses beat.
Sorry for my lack of clarity. I got a forward from a friend, which is essentially the main part of this web site, http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/ . During my Googling, I ran across the Weinerboard, and the earlier thread about peak oil.